Harold C. Schott Education Center
Cincinnati Zoo Academy
This education center highlights the longtime collaboration between the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and Cincinnati Public Schools. Classrooms and laboratories for high school students attending the Zoo Academy and for the zoo’s various educational programs ring a greenhouse containing rainforest exhibits. Functioning on multiple levels, the greenhouse is at once an attraction, a hands-on classroom, a device to order building circulation and a very visible external sign of the center’s function and life within.
As the first LEED Silver certified building in the city of Cincinnati, it also emphasizes the zoo’s commitment to sustainable design. Extensive modeling during design helped determine the roof shape and detailing to optimize the use of natural light. Photovoltaic arrays reduce reliance on grid-power while automated lighting controls reduce overall power requirements. Waterless urinals and low-flow plumbing fixtures reduce water use. Materials and finishes are recyclable, renewable and low-VOC emitting. Furnishings, too, are environmentally responsible.
The center received an AIA Cincinnati Merit Award in 2007, a COTE Award from the USGBC Cincinnati Chapter in 2008 and the Cincinnati Business Courier’s People Award in 2010.