Grange Insurance Audubon Center


Located on the Whittier Peninsula of the Scioto River just south of downtown Columbus, Ohio, the Grange Insurance Audubon Center represents a catalyst for change by connecting urban youth with their natural environment. The LEED® Gold Audubon Center anchors the redevelopment of this one time brown field that has been the site of industrial facilities, warehouses and an automobile impound lot. The new 84 acre Scioto Audubon Metro Park site is a designated “important bird area” or IBA by the National Audubon Society because it is positioned on a major migratory bird flyway.

The 18,000 s.f. Audubon Center is a model for sustainable design and promotes the economic, health and aesthetic benefits of building green. The nature center celebrates the tension between contrasting elements — urban / natural, riverine / meadow and indoor / outdoor. The building’s massing, orientation, materials and mechanical systems work in concert to create an interactive facility for exploring environmental awareness, habitat restoration, conservation practices and sustainable strategies. The building is a study of architectural simplicity in building material and form, quietly nesting within its natural surroundings.

  • OWNER – Grange Insurance Audubon Center Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District City of Columbus, Department of Recreation and Parks
  • ARCHITECT - DesignGroup
  • MEP ENGINEER - Heapy Engineering, Inc.
  • STRUCTURAL ENGINEER - Shelley Metz Baumann Hawk, Inc.
  • CIVIL ENGINEER - Burgess & Niple, Ltd.
  • LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT - Kinzelman Kline Gossman
  • ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS - Williams Creek Consulting
  • GENERAL CONTRACTOR - Gutkencht Construction
  • EXHIBIT DESIGN - Kraemer Design + Production, Inc.


  • Vegetated roof
  • Geothermal ground-source heat pump system
  • Passive solar design
  • Mixed-mode ventilation
  • 50% less energy used than a conventional building
  • 88% of spaces are daylit
  • 7 Acres of brownfield remediated

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