The Denver Botanic Gardens is an oasis in the middle of the City of Denver. The new, $15 million, 15,000 square foot greenhouse production range and Orangerie officially opened the week of Sept. 20. The project was publicly funded through a voter-approved Better Denver Bond Program that included additional revitalization efforts around the city.
Nexus Greenhouse Co. was the design/build/manufacturer of the production range, as well as the Orangerie. There are six Vail, gutter-connected structures in the production range, each 30-feet x 88-feet. They are divided into 12 zones with a 10-foot corridor and a 17-foot gutter height. Glazing is 16-mm impact modified acrylic and Viracon low Solar screen low-E (emissivity) insulated glass.
The Orangerie is a 14-feet by 195-feet and 14-feet by 34-feet aluminum lean-to greenhouse with Acrylic and Viracon glazing with roll-up style doors.
The new complex features state-of-the-art greenhouses with flexibility for 12 climate control options. A renovated pavilion serves as display space for plant collections that are predominantly orchids, bromeliads and ferns. The facility also has a public classroom and horticultural department offices.