Green Buildings Case Studies

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate

300 College Street
Greenville, SC  29601           

864-233-7755 (p)
864-233-7790 (f)

Contact: David Wood, Director of Exhibits and Operations – 864-553-7902

Architect:  Pazdan-Smith Group Architects
Building Size: 79,000 sq ft.
Project Budget: $19.9 million total project cost
Opening Date: Summer 2009
LEED Certification: Seeking LEED Certification on an existing building

About The Children’s Museum of the Upstate’s Renovation Project:
The Children’s Museum project involves the extensive renovation of an existing building and the design, fabrication and installation of what will be 18 world-class, interactive exhibits. Along with the indoor exhibit environments, the museum will also offer outdoor garden elements, an interactive art courtyard and a performance space. Construction and exhibit development is scheduled to be completed summer 2009. 

The Children's Museum of the Upstate

The Museum’s Decision to Go Green:
The Children’s Museum is currently renovating a building that was originally constructed in the 1970s.  With such an expansive space, the Museum decided to create an energy-efficient building to save on operating expenses.  More importantly, The Children's Museum recognizes the importance of teaching children about environmental impact, and we chose to teach by example by “going green” in our construction practices. Additionally, The Children's Museum will be one of the first LEED certified buildings in their area.

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How The Upstate’s Project is Sustainable:

  • Renovation of existing structure vs. building new
  • Recycling materials during demolition process
  • Fluorescent lights
  • Wiring
  • Ductwork
  • Use of low-e double-paned windows
  • Energy-efficient heat/air systems
  • Use of recycled flooring material
  • Saved existing mature trees on the property and added many new plants to the landscape