Eagle Creek

Landscape Architecture, Site Planning, & Urban Design

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Parks, Projects


The Earth Discovery Center was an idea flowing out of the Eagle Creek Park Foundation nearly 10 years before it became reality. Jeff Mader was involved from the original master planning project, through several planning and design refinements, and into final construction documentation while at Schmidt. The concept for the facility is to spark the park visitors’ curiosity about the natural world and inspire further exploration throughout the 4,000 acre city park.

The design focused on sustainable design and integration with the surrounding park features. Jeff worked with architects, engineers, and exhibit designers to program the building and the site to reflect the four major habitat areas of the park, forest, prairie, wetlands, and the reservoir. Outdoor classrooms were planned in order to provide easy access for park naturalists to work and teach back and forth from the classroom and labs to outdoor spaces conducive to learning and observing the natural world. Jeff’s involvement continued with a master plan for facilities development and connectivity throughout the park and with a LEED NC and LEED EB analysis of the recently completed center.