Indian Creek Nature Center gathered a healthy crowd on a sunny afternoon last Thursday as they broke ground on their new 12000 square foot facility, which they call Amazing Space. The Nature Center's headquarters and classrooms will move to the new building, out of the 1932 barn they currently call home. The building will produce all of its energy, and then some, with an array of 350 solar cells on the roof, continuing the Nature Center's tradition of pushing the envelope on our thinking about sustainability. The project will unfold in the midst of a restored prairie on Otis Road, about 1/2 mile west of the current facility.
|The prairie location; woodlands in the background are also open to the public|
|Executive Director John Myers hosts the program|
|City officials unveil the newly-named City of Cedar Rapids Prairie|
|Snacks were "cups of dirt," prepared by Nature Center staff|
|Model of the proposed facility|
|Rendering of the building|
|Project site scheme, including entry off Otis Road, parking area and wetlands|