John Bunker Sands Wetland Center Facility

construction
For a map of the East Fork Wetland Project and Wetland Center Facility, download this link Wetland Center Map.pdf

Northview of Nature Center

The John Bunker Sands Wetland Center serves as the hub of environmental and social interest for the 3,100 acres of man-made wetland habitat on the Rosewood Seagoville Ranch property.  This includes the North Texas Municipal Water District East Fork Wetland Project, flooded hardwood forest restoration as part of the Bunker Sands Mitigation Bank, and seasonal emergent wetlands. 

The Wetland Center building and grounds provide opportunities for research, education, wildlife observation, and community gatherings within a comfortable, appropriately scaled, environmentally-conscious development. The 5,400 SF facility fulfills many roles including a staging and exhibit hall for interactive exhibits; a fully equipped research lab for use by research groups to study the wetland plants and animals; a classroom for hands-on educational and research use; on-site manager office; and an observation deck to view the wetlands. The building also houses restrooms, a prep kitchen to accommodate larger events, and a private sleeping quarters for research students.  Outside the building, the Wetland Center features boardwalks extending into the living wetlands, allowing visitors to view the wetland systems and observe wildlife. Pavilions, engaged with the boardwalks and the wetlands, and an observation tower are planned for future phases. 

The Wetland Center facility and grounds are designed to respond to the site and take advantage of local rainfall, sun, views, and breezes. The architectural design of the building incorporates such features as operable windows for natural ventilation, deep roof overhangs for shading, capturing rainwater for use in site irrigation, the use of native plant, grass, and flower species, and a wetland meadow for on-site waste water treatment. The building utilizes familiar materials such as exposed wood structural members, natural stone, bamboo flooring, and standing seam metal roofing.

The building is designed by local Dallas Architect, Good Fulton & Farrell Architects.  In business for 27 years with a current staff of 70, Good Fulton & Farrell Architects offers Architecture, Interior Architecture, Master Planning, and Landscape Architecture services.   Good Fulton & Farrell Architects has designed other similar projects such as the Bear Creek Wetlands Center, Camp Bette Perot, and Camp John Marc Meyers. www.gff.com

The John Bunker Sands Wetland Center opened in October 2010. Tours and exhibits are offered, turning the wetlands into an outdoor classroom.

Nature Center - Summer 2010
Wetland Center Site
Boardwalk Design
Boardwalk
Winter Arrives at the Nature Center - 2010

wetland center in snow

 
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