Outdoor Learning Laboratory, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield MA
Regenerative Design Group was contracted to help Greenfield Community College’s Sustainable Agriculture and Green Energy committee create a design for an outdoor learning laboratory on campus, and to create final construction documents and specifications. Principal designer Sebastian Gutwein worked with faculty members of the horticulture and botany departments to develop a plan that meets both the curricular needs of the college and the site characteristics.
The space includes horticultural and botanical educational gardens, an exterior classroom, a wetland boardwalk and a geological rock park. The laboratory is designed to encourage student engagement with – and greater understanding of – the campus landscape, to create an opportunity for hands on learning, to beautify the campus and to provide food for the dining hall and culinary program.
For this project, RDG provided both design services and construction oversight. The project is currently under construction and is planned for completion by the beginning of the fall semester 2016.