The Michigan State University Student Greenhouse Project is a student lead organization whose mission is to build a tropical geodesic “biodome” to house a fully accessible natural botanical environment right on the Michigan University campus.
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Slated for completion in 2020, the proposed dome will be 150’ in diameter and geodesic in design, meaning that there would be no columns or internal roof supports to restrict the internal views with a 75′ apex that would provide ample height to permit the growth of a forest canopy.
The exterior of the dome will be made of a solar glass skin to generate electricity, a water catchment systems to collect its own water, and a high-efficiency climate control system. When all combined together the dome will be self-sufficient, off the power grid, and carbon neutral. On sunny days, the dome will even be able to supplement the university’s own power grid.
Meanwhile the fully accessible community space will provide multiple study areas for students, a classroom, a conference room, and a performance area that can be used for everything from concerts to weddings. The tropical environment will be maintained by living vegetation and several species of animals. The dome will be kept humid by passive misting systems, a 14 foot water fall, a river, and a pond.
In the future, the group hopes that the Biodome will be an incubator for social change and a template for other universities and communities to emulate. Once completed the MSU SGP hopes to provide incentive and advise to other universities across the world interested in constructing their own biodomes.
Whether you’re interested in architectural design, fundraising, environmental advocacy, or simply making your mark on campus – The Student Greenhouse Project gives you the opportunity to make part of this project your own. Find them on:
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