The Discovery Center

The Discovery Center is an interactive hands-on museum committed to inspiring people of all ages with a life-long love of learning and an appreciation of the world and our place in it.  hdesigngroup was responsible for a 30,000-square foot addition designed to enhance interaction and educational awareness through means of exhibits, classrooms and administrative offices within a tangible palette—allowing and encouraging user involvement.

This addition to the Discovery Center was the first building in southwest Missouri to be submitted to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system for Gold Certification. The incorporation of a roof garden, day-lighting design, water recycling and collection, extensive energy reduction, and solar energy collection are some of the elements and facets that are exhibited in making this new facility consistent to the guidelines of an environmentally-conscious design.