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Missouri Botanical Garden – Sustainable Site Design

St. Louis, MO

Pashek + MTR staff have had an over 30 year working relationship with the Missouri Botanical Garden. We developed and updated the Garden Master Plan, designed or renovated half of the major garden exhibits, and have implemented upgrades to visitor amenities. In keeping with its institutional mission, MBG seeks to be a leader in all aspects of sustainability.

Pashek + MTR transformed the main visitor parking lot to showcase and interpret sustainable design for Garden visitors as they arrive. Our design for the renovated “Eco-Lot” sets an example for sustainability in an urban setting by increasing tree cover, using native plants, and treating stormwater in rain gardens and with five types of porous paving. The project used recycled and local materials and included an electric vehicle charging station. Entrances to the Garden were widened and enhanced with new ornamental iron gates and fencing and new stonework matching the existing historic limestone walls nearby.

Pashek + MTR Principal Missy Marshall’s eco-friendly work at MBG goes back to 1998, when she designed a “green landscape” for the new herbarium building. This project represented cutting edge thinking for resource conservation, including reinforced turf parking and native landscaping. In 2010, the project earned silver certification under the LEED for existing buildings rating system.