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US (FL): $2M rooftop greenhouse to be completed this summer

The long-awaited greenhouse will move from the shore of Lake Virginia to the roof of Bush Science Center, and it will open this summer as a part of the campus’ Lakeside renovation plan.

The cost of the greenhouse’s construction is estimated at $2 million.

Initially, the greenhouse was scheduled for inauguration in early May, but according to Jeremy Williamson, director of Facilities Services for Planning and Construction, it was moved to early July.

The greenhouse has been reduced in size from 2,700 feet to 2,500 feet, Williamson said.

Alan Chryst, greenhouse manager, expressed concern about not having enough space for every plant. However, it now appears that there will be enough space to move every plant to the greenhouse.

According to Chryst, the new greenhouse will have state-of-the-art technology such as shading cloths to regulate sunlight intake. It will also have a manual and automated control panel to adjust temperatures and tailor the chambers’ environment to suit the needs of each experiment.

Additionally, Chryst said the new greenhouse will feature a reverse osmosis irrigation system. This system filters and recycles water to irrigate the nearly 500 plant species housed there.

The structure of the greenhouse will consist of glass and metal.

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