Botanical Garden of the Piedmont seeks firm to design future buildings

A nonprofit organization that seeks to build a botanical garden on the eastern side of Charlottesville’s McIntire Park has issued a request for proposals for architectural firms to design future buildings. 

The Botanical Garden of the Piedmont has a ground lease with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department to operate on 14.74 acres. 

“The design of the major architectural components of the Garden is a major next step in bringing our award-winning Schematic Plan to life,” said Jill Trischman-Marks, the Botanical Garden of the Piedmont’s executive director. 

The winning firm would be responsible for designing a visitors center with a footprint between 16,000 and 20,000 square feet as well as a 1,000 square foot garden pavilion. The project would be paid for with private donations. 

To get a copy of the RFP, fill out a form on the Botanical Garden of the Piedmont’s website.

A mandatory meeting for firms is scheduled for October 18 at the garden site off of Melbourne Road. Interested parties are asked to RSVP to Trischman-Marks at by October 15.

Information on the master plan produced by Mikyoung Kim Design and Waterstreet Studio is available on the BGP website.

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