The George W. Bush Presidential Center has been designed to achieve LEED platinum certification and will include numerous sustainable design strategies, including locally sourced and 20% recycled building materials, solar hot water panels, native landscaping to reduce irrigation, and a storm-water management system that conveys, cleanses, and collects surface runoff and roof rainwater and will provide 50% of the irrigation needed for the site.
When it opens in 2013, the new center will be the 14th "presidential library," as they are commonly known, and will be located at Southern Methodist University, five miles north of downtown Dallas. A library will constitute an integral part of the entire complex. The design is "a modern brick and limestone structure that complements the American Georgian character of the SMU campus, set within a low-maintenance, quintessentially Texas landscape," said a news release announcing the unveiling.
Former First Lady Laura Bush, architect Robert A. M. Stern, and landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh unveiled the design of the Presidential Center November 18 during a news briefing at SMU. Former U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica Mark Langdale, president of the Bush Foundation and member of the design committee, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner also answered questions following the briefing. Renderings and models of the building and landscape design were on display.
"I applaud the work of Robert Stern and Michael Van Valkenburgh in designing a building and landscape that will capture the dignity of the office of the presidency, while at the same time being warm and welcoming to visitors," President George W. Bush said at the unveiling.
Modern design reflecting tradition
"The building and landscape evoke elements of the full span of George and Laura Bush's life and service, from their ranch in Crawford to the White House, and help us share …