Dig in the dirt. Run freely. Rub the texture of the leaves. Smell the flowers. Fostering a child’s love for the outdoors was the inspiration behind the one-acre Downing Children’s Garden at Botanica. The Design Build project included 12 micro jobs, each with unique coordination, building challenges and materials. A rainbow gateway, constructed with translucent colored ecoresin panels, greets visitors to the garden. Inside, children of all ages can explore the monster forest, climb through the whimsical tree house or plant a garden.

Respecting nature during the building process is essential and realizing this, Simpson Construction Services has successfully achieved the balance between nature and man-made elements throughout its 27-year history with Botanica.


Award of Excellence & Judges' Choice Runner Up (2011)
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