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Chattahoochee Nature Center

Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, GA | 2009

The Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) nestles among the tall trees north of Atlanta’s Chattahoochee River and Watershed.

What It Was

The Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) nestles among the tall trees north of Atlanta’s Chattahoochee River and Watershed. The center delivers a compelling conservation message and helps to interest local citizens in environmental issues. In 2009, the CNC decided to add a Discovery Center building to its small campus and called in Lightswitch to assist in creating an eco-friendly building that would achieve their goals.

What We Did

The Discovery Center, which houses the Rivers of Life Watershed Exhibit, is designed to LEED building which has significantly reduced energy consumption as compared to a traditional building. As a result, Lightswitch specified an exhibit lighting system primarily using efficient Metal Halide lighting fixtures. The fixtures consume about one-half the electricity that a traditional incandescent fixture requires.

Why It Worked

The Rivers of Life Watershed Exhibit’s highly graphic displays present information with text, line drawings of flora and fauna, and sculptured animal figures. The center consciously does not use taxidermy in permanent displays, instead, it relies on sculpted animal fixtures created by an artist using found objects. The animal sculptures and line drawings give the exhibits a childlike, pictorial quality which we accentuated with high contrast lighting – bright here and shadowed there. The lighting enhances the guest’s perception of a storybook walk in the wild woods.