Design Sustainability

The Flint Hills Discovery Center welcomes visitors with its circular, glass-walled lobby, boasting a 65-foot ceiling and interior balcony which overlooks the 2nd and 3rd floors.

The 3rd Street and Colorado Street facades feature elaborately stacked limestone walls, pieced together by irregular and trapezoidal-shaped windows. Views through the curtain wall and the windows afford sweeping vistas of the downtown skyline and southern landscapes.

A Stunning Visual

The first and second floor exhibition areas are situated beneath green roofs terraced with undulating limestone retaining walls and elaborate native plantings. The third floor office wing provides a backdrop along the south and west side of the building, which creates a partially enclosed terrace suitable for casual enjoyment, as well as organized programs and functions.
An interior view of the 65 foot ceiling and windows inside the Discovery Center
The stairs, ramps and pathways which snake through the terraced green roof create a stunning visual for visitors crossing into Manhattan over the Kansas River bridge.
Notable Design Features
  • Curvilinear stepped green roof forms a terrace with ramps to outdoor garden and activity areas
  • Circular lobby connects permanent exhibits and store entry on the main level, with direct connections to temporary exhibits, classroom and community rooms on the upper floors
  • First and second floor exhibition areas are situated around the central-domed exhibit space
  • Central-domed space and terrace are suitable for special events