Just in time for the opening of the NC Nature Research Center, the North Carolina State Archives has loaded a great set of photos of Trouble the Whale. Check them out here. You can also read Trouble's story here.
Long ago and far away, during my high school days, my friends and I spent more than a few weekend nights partaking of Laserium concerts at the local planetarium in Denver. Though mightly primitive by today's standards, the whole laser-rock thing was pretty head-spinning for 1978, as we'd watch laser doodles throbbing away to the music of Pink Floyd or Little Feat and let our minds go wandering off to distant galaxies. Don't hate. It was the '70s and the Internet was still a ways off.
Anyway, I recently found myself remembering that experience while checking out Patterns of (or possibly by) Nature, a very cool multi-media display in the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences' new Nature Research Center. You'll have to wait for the grand opening next month to sample it yourself. Meantime, there's a story about it in today's paper, plus a photo gallery.
State and local officials gathered this morning in downtown Raleigh to place a ceremonial tree on top of the Nature Research Center, the N.C. Museum of National Sciences’ new 80,000-square-foot wing.
The tree, an eastern red ceder, was lifted up by a crane and placed on the building’s highest point. The center, currently under construction, is expected to open in early 2012.
The Nature Research Center is a $54 million public-private project. The state contributed $10 million for it; the rest is being paid for with private donations.
The center is part of the Green Square Project, a complex of eco-friendly buildings now under construction on two blocks between Jones and Edenton streets.
The State Employees’ Credit Union announced today that its charitable foundation will give $4 million towards the construction of a new environmental science center in downtown Raleigh.
The grant, the largest ever given by the SECU Foundation, will be used to construct the SECU Daily Planet, a state-of-the-art multimedia presentation area that will be the centerpiece of the planned Nature Research Center.
The research center is part of the Green Square Project, a complex of eco-friendly buildings now under construction in downtown Raleigh.
The Green Square Project, estimated at more than $100 million, is scheduled to be completed in 2011. In addition to the environmental science center, it includes a building for the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.