McCrory Gardens is fortunate in having several facilities featuring 'green' building materials and practices.
Education & Visitor Center
An organic, open and welcoming facility, the McCrory Gardens Center serves as a visitor center, event rental space, interpretive and education center, and adds full-season access to the Gardens. With the future goal to achieve Silver LEED Certification, the Visitor Center design uses natural materials - glass, water, wood and stone - and design principals such as use of light, connection to the outdoors and human scale elements.
The new Education Center provides a flexible 300 +/- seat conference room or 200+/ - banquet room, 2 meeting/class rooms, a warming kitchen, administrative offices, gift shop and outdoor garden patio seating.
Straw Bale House
The Straw Bale Building was completed during the summer of 2008 as a service learning project for SDSU students. It was designed and organized by SDSU Professor of Interior Design, Dean Isham. The project provides 900 sq. ft. of classroom/multi-purpose space for various events and activities at McCrory Gardens.
This unique building with a living roof of sedum is surrounded by a series of plantings and displays for those visiting the Gardens. The entire space teaches about gardening and exposes visitors to natural building techniques, living roofs and sustainable design.