Green Buildings Case Studies

Children's Museum of Naples

PO Box 2423
Naples, FL 34106

239.784.1879 (p)

Contact: Carrie Cutchens, Curator,

Architect: Currently being finalized
Building Size: 25,000 sq.ft.
Project Budget: $15million
Opening Date: 2008
LEED Certification: Going after Gold or Platinum

About Children's Museum of Naples New Building Project:
The Children's Museum of Naples (C'mon) will be Collier County 's first cultural institution devoted to children. C'mon is scheduled to open in 2008. Featuring ten exhibit galleries in 25,000 sq. ft. of spectacularly designed, child-scaled environments that invite children's sensory environments and intellectual exploration; C'mon will be the first Children's Museum to fully incorporate sustainable design features in Florida and the Southeast. C'mon is aiming for certification through the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program).

The Museum's Decision to Go Green:
The mission of C'mon is, "To provide an exciting, inspiring environment where children and their families play, learn and dream together." To meet this mission, C'mon will be a safe, healthy environment and a green building is a healthy building. The ability to reduce the amount of potential toxic materials in the building and exhibits was a major factor in the decision to develop a green museum.

How Naples' Project is Sustainable:
The building and exhibits will be designed and constructed using sustainable practices with particular attention to site development, water conservation, energy management, using recycled materials, reusing resources, indoor air quality as well as developing new programs for visitors. Tours highlighting the sustainability of the building will be incorporated into the programs offered to visitors. C'mon will become a 25,000 sq. ft. classroom designed to educated visitors about the benefits of building and operating green.

Project's Distinguishing Features:
The following are proposed features and policies.

  • Operations
    • Institute green operations policy for C'mon to include an ongoing effort to reduce production of waste. Support staff "green team" to monitor green operations policy.
    • Develop a plan that provides storage and collection areas for recyclables during and after construction.
    • Provide staff and visitors with incentives for using public transportation, bicycles or car-pooling.
    • Promote the sale of recycled and environmentally friendly products in the museum store.
    • A Recycle Center to promote the reuse of waste materials in school art and science projects.
  • Building & Energy Efficiency
    • Optimize energy performance (30% reduction) and introduced renewable energy (10% contribution). Eliminate HCFC's and Halon from HVAC system.
    • Provide energy management system and associated controls.
    • Operable windows will be utilized in areas that do not contain sensitive exhibits. Day lighting and views will be maximized in non-exhibit areas. These will be concentrated on the northern exposures.
    • A vestibule will be provided as a transition between conditioned and unconditioned spaces.
    • The use of large overhangs and covered verandahs will be utilized to minimize solar heat gain.
    • Make use of locally manufactured materials (20%), reuse of resource materials (10%), utilize rapidly renewable materials where practical and utilize certified wood building components.
    • The use of low emitting adhesives, sealants, paints, carpets and wood products is planned.
  • Innovation & Process
    • Interpretation of sustainable design features at C'mon through exhibits and programs.
    • Fabrication of museum exhibits using environmentally sustainable materials.
    • Utilization of highly efficient roof systems: Products for the roof will be metal that has high recyclability, recycled content, insulation potentials, durability and the prospect of rainwater collection (the C'mon building has the potential to harvest 311,400 gallons of rainwater annually). Roof slopes are designed to meet or exceed solar reflectance index of 76.

 Piece of advice for others regarding project:
Incorporate green design principles as early as possible.