Cascade Meadow

Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center
2900 19th Street NW Rochester, MN 55901 (507) 252-8133

Building Systems

Dive into the systems that bring our building to life. Explore in several ways: through live data feeds, detailed descriptions, and illustrations.


Integrated Building Design

Making better, more sustainable buildings takes more than energy efficient light bulbs. Learn about key areas of our building's design.


Material Choices

What we put into a building is important, and the design team at Cascade Meadow had a lot of choices for the materials that make up the science center- from structural walls to finished floors. How did they choose? The LEED® process was used to guide some choices, as well as integrated design process of thinking about the building as a whole- which means thinking about the heating or the lighting system when you choose the floors or the windows. Dig deeper into some of the key materials choices:


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