Client: Urbana Park District
Location: Urbana, IL
Project Scope: Conceptual Design, Restoration Planning, Construction Documents, Construction Administration & Observation

Anita Purves Nature Center Conducted conceptual design, design development, and completion of full bidding documents for the Urbana Park District’s Anita Purves Nature Center Habitat Garden. The project consists of a 2 acre parcel surrounding the Nature Center, bounded by the Saline Drainage Channel, and also serves as the access point to Busey Woods, a 59 acre woodland that contains high-quality remnant areas of woodland, savanna, prairie, wetland, and riparian ecosystems. The Habitat Garden has been designed with an emphasis on attracting songbirds to the garden through the selection of species that feed birds directly through their fruit and/or seed as well as species that are hosts for caterpillars and insects, a main food source for songbirds. ecology + vision, llc also designed an innovative water feature with a natural aesthetic that serves as an over-sized bird bath in close proximity to the bird viewing room of the nature center in order to maximize bird activity within the viewing area.

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