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Admissions Kiosk

The new Admissions Kiosk improves the visitor experience and is packed with sustainable features.

On March 1st, 2013, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center opened a new Admissions Kiosk to improve traffic flow and public safety for the nearly 100,000 people who visit us each year. Until now, during busy days at the Center, cars often were lined up two abreast at the entrance gate, where our old gatehouse is located, and backed up on La Crosse Avenue. Our admissions staff had to wind between cars collecting fees, checking memberships and handing out maps. The solution was to move admissions away from the street so visitors could park first and walk to the kiosk before entering the Center. Unlike the old gatehouse, the kiosk will be staffed whenever the Center is open.

Sanders Architecture recently received the 2014 AIA Austin Design Award in the “Commercial New Construction” category for this admissions kiosk.

Check out this video about their award.
As is true of other Center buildings, the admissions kiosk is designed for functionality and to serve a larger purpose. The kiosk is a model for sustainable design, is ADA accessible and serves as a valuable teaching aid. The kiosk also provides a better opportunity to sign up new members and answer questions from visitors.

Designed by architect Chris Sanders, who heads the Gardens and Site Management Committee of the Center’s Advisory Council, the 8‘ x 13’-6” structure is packed with sustainable features despite its small size.

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Designed to be built and assembled off-site and then delivered via flat bed truck and set into place by crane: 1) Construction off-site allowed for efficient use of materials and manpower, and a high level of precision by assembling the building in a controlled shop environment. 2) Construction off-site minimized the site impact and duration of construction at the entrance to the Wildflower Center.

Designed to be capable of relocation in the future. As the Wildflower Center grows and evolves, the admissions kiosk can be relocated to a new entrance if necessary. Just as it arrived on a flat bed truck, it can move to a new location. The only waste in relocation are the four small concrete footings which are easily demolished and removed.

Constructed of durable, recycled and renewable materials. The steel structure of the building includes a minimum of 29% recycled material; the cork floors are durable and renewable. Stains and adhesives used had zero VOC content. Batt insulation used in the walls and ceilings is made from recycled denim. The aluminum shingles are 100% recyclable.

Shade awning provides overhead protection while generating electricity: A 1.44 KW Grid tied building integrated PV system delivers the power necessary to offset the daytime operation of this kiosk while protecting visitors at the ticket windows from the sun and the rain.

Daylighting and LED electric lighting: The building’s windows are designed to provide ample daylighting. Rarely will electric lighting be required during normal operating hours. When occupied in the evening or at night, the electric lighting is provided by 100% LED light fixtures.

100% Recycled Green Roof: The garden roof provides insulation from the intense sunlight, and slows and filters storm water runoff. Native prairie plants grow in the 5” deep planting medium that is comprised of 100% recycled materials.

Green Wall irrigated by Gray Water: The west facing green wall provides critical shade from the late afternoon sun. The plantings are irrigated by condensate water collected from the building’s mini-split air conditioning unit.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The admissions kiosk was designed pro bono by architect Chris Sanders, a member of the Wildflower Center’s Advisory Council, and built offsite by Jason Miars of Miars Construction. The kiosk was made possible by the generosity of our donors and numerous vendors who donated time and materials.

Architect: Christopher Sanders, AIA - Sanders Architecture, PLLC
Building Contractor: Jason Miars, Miars Construction
Project Manager: Damon Waitt, Ph.D., Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Donors:
Wildflower Donor, Inc.
Ellen and Buddy Temple

Donors of Goods and Services:
ACR Engineering
Development Associates
Ecosystem Design Group, LBJWC
Greenscreen
HLS Enterprises
IB Roof Systems
Jason Miars Construction
JDR Enterprises, Inc.
Lighthouse Solar
MJ Structures
Sanders Architecture, PLLC
Steel House Mfg.
TreeHouse
US Lumber Brokers

REFERENCE MATERIAL

Letter from the Director (Spring 2013)
You Tube Video of Installation