FAQ – Then and Now

LocationSoybean field – western edge of CoralvilleOne mile away from I-80 & I-380EPA Brownfield site”Gateway” to communityCloser to University of IowaAdjacent to I-80 with unobscured visabilityIntegral part of development site
ProjectMany pieces included in one large structureLimited expansion and phasingSeparate project connected to nearby conference center/hotelAllows for phasing and future expansion of individual elements
LearningSchool in rain forestOther educational content unclearEducation partnerships with local and Iowa schools and universitiesBetter defined learning opportunities for all agesEducation Design Team establishedAddition of U of I Professor Robert Yager
Cost$293 million without parking hotel/conference center (year 1999 dollars)$225 million (year 2002 dollars)
SizeFive plus acres4.6 acres – smaller footprint
Exhibit ContentAn African Rain ForestA separate aquariumMultiple ecosystems inside/outside including Amazon rainforest, indigenous prairies, forest, wetlandsGalleries/exhibits on agriculture, geology, wind, fire, sea, and skyAll vegetation/plants are realIntegrated aquarium
Water UsageUndefinedExternal water purification gardens featuring wetlands plants of IowaThirty million gallons of rainwater falls on site annually – will be recaptured66% percent reduction in water systems within building
Energy UsageConventional heating and coolingState-of-the-art design meets or exceeds state and national energy codesAdditional use of energy-saving geothermal and fuel cell technologiesUse of energy-efficient three-layer foil exterior similar to Eden Project
Environmental ImpactUndefinedUtilizes ecologically-sound materialWaste and water recycledUse of rail spur to connect key city/university locations, reducing auto usageInterpretive exterior pathways and exhibitsHiking/biking trailLocation allows for direct access to I-80, reduced impact on city streetsProject to be a catalyst for meeting/planning/thinking/writing on sustainable living
Hotel600 roomsSeparate 200-room hotel with potential for expansion to 300 rooms
Conference CenterUndefined30,000 square feet with potential for expansion to 60,000 square feet”Best of Iowa” exhibit in lobbyIowa River featured
ParkingUndefinedEuropean-style structure with plantings on roof and capacity for 2,400 cars
Community ConnectionLocation announced 12/00 with little community dialogue40 meetings with local citizens groupsCreation of Community Advisory CouncilScheduled meetings/workshops/forums
TimelineUndefinedFive-year plan for design/construction/opening
NameIowa CHILDNew name to be selected by end of year
Other DevelopmentsSite visits to: EPCOT/Disney World (FL); Eden Project (UK); Tennessee Aquarium (Chattanooga)Future visits to Baltimore AquariumWorking visits to Iowa planned by experts David Orr, Jonathon Todd, John Picard, James Doherty