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Children's Garden - Restroom - Construct Original Building

Project phase: Archived

The Michigan 4-H Children's Garden has been operating since 1993 to promote an understanding of plants and provide a place of enrichment and delight for children of all ages. A range of programs has been designed to meet many educational needs. These include Butteflies in the Garden, Seeds of Science, Discovery Field Trips, Stories for Sprouts & Seedlings, Collaborating Classrooms, Jr. Plant Scientist, Camp Monet, and the Garden Writer's workshop. The Children's Garden hosts over 100,000 visitors annually, with a large majority composed of school-age children.

The restroom facilities had consisted of portable units adjacent to the garden. Visitors had access to permanent facilities in the Plant and Soil Sciences (P&SS) Building, but that required walking through the garden visitor parking lot and traveling within the building. Constructing permanent restrooms at the Children's Garden location has reduced pedestrian traffic in the parking lot and provides an improved visitor experience.

Project scope: 

  • Provided two (2) accessible, family restrooms, adjacent to children’s garden
  • Reduced pedestrian traffic in the parking lot
  • Improved the visitor experience
  • Improved efficiency of program scheduling with adjacent facilities
  • Accommodated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) needs for all garden visitors and staff
  • Building can be easily cleaned and maintained
  • Created opportunity to repair/replace of the existing “Creation Station” and constructed a new donor recognition area


Start of construction: May 2015

Projection completion: October 2015


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