New York Botanical Garden: Leon Levy Visitor Center |
The Leon Levy Visitor Center was built during the design phase of the Greenhouses and is a three-building complex with a bookstore, garden shop and restaurant building. The new facility needed to create a complete reorientation of the Garden – shifting the main entrance from west to south, and transforming the visitor experience in the process. Similar to the Greenhouses, this facility had to work within the fully planted NYBG landscape. In addition, it was located directly over a massive water main serving the lower Bronx! Both natural and built infrastructure had to be protected. During this time, Levien & Company was also retained to manage the capital projects department for 18 months until a new director could be hired.