Barnes Foundation Earns LEED Platinum

The Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation has earned LEED® Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the first major art institution in the U.S. to receive this distinguished accreditation. OLIN collaborated with Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects to create this new home for Dr. Albert C. Barnes’ iconic art collection located along Philadelphia’s Museum Mile.

The planting design at the Barnes Foundation references the setting of the art collection’s former home in Merion, while meeting critical sustainability requirements of the LEED rating system.

Sited on a 4.5-acre brownfield site, the new Barnes Foundation has been designed to minimize energy consumption and manage stormwater runoff while creating a fully accessible site within walking distance to Center City Philadelphia. OLIN’s planting design focused on hardy, drought-tolerant plant species that reflect those found on the grounds of Dr. Barnes’ historic estate in Merion, Pennsylvania—the former location of the art collection. Lawn panels, gardens and trees result in a predominantly permeable site, which reduces the potential for stormwater runoff and mitigates heat island effect through respiration and shade from the tree canopy. A 40,000-gallon underground stormwater catchment and filtration system provides non-potable water for site irrigation and the building’s graywater needs. This results in a 44% reduction in potable water consumption when compared to similar, traditionally designed facilities. The museum building was designed to net an anticipated energy savings of 44% by using natural light to illuminate the galleries and an insulating extensive green roof to mitigate heating and cooling requirements.

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