Next week, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden will open their new $28 million vistor center to the public. The 20,000 square foot facility, which includes a glass building and exterior landscaping, incorporates several environmentally sustainable features like a 10,000 square foot living roof. We stopped by yesterday as contractors were putting the finishing touches on facility and its surroundings for last night's donor dinner and today's media preview.

Located in the northeast section of the garden at 990 Washington Avenue, the visitor center will include a Garden shop, interactive exhibits, a coffee/refreshment bar, and a 200-person event space. The living roof (with more than 40,000 plants), geothermal heating/cooling, solar shading, earth-sheltered construction, and rain gardens are just some of the features that the New York architecture firm Weiss/Manfredi hope will result in LEED Gold certification.