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ICTB at The Kampong

The International Center for Tropical Botany builds on Dr. David Fairchild’s legacy by training future botanists and providing a base for the scientific exploration and discovery for which the Kampong is well-known. With the support of the Batchelor Foundation and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, we are developing our headquarters on lots adjacent to The Kampong in Coconut Grove, Florida

The map shows the north zoning, west zoning, and south zoning areas.

The program for the building was developed by a committee including our faculty researchers, members of The Kampong Board of Governors, and representatives from the FIU Facilities Construction office. It calls for offices, student work areas, meeting and classroom space to teach tropical botany at the graduate and post-graduate levels; and to store and conduct research on tropical plant specimens collected from around the world.

An open public selection process was guided by the FIU Facilities Planning offices in 2016. MC Harry Associates were selected as the design professionals and Thornton Construction Company as the construction management firm.

A sketch shows a cabin-like building structure made of wood and stone which is being developed.

We are currently working on concept plans for a two-story LEED-certified structure that has been designed to minimize the foot print on the site and to preserve the integrity of the forest canopy and landscape in a manner consistent with the adjacent Kampong. The building is anticipated to take approximately 13,600 square feet of AC space with a footprint of around 9,800 square feet. The structure will include oolite exterior walls, roof gables and dormer windows that reflect some of the original vernacular architecture from the site and surrounding areas of Coconut Grove.

We will improve the current overflow parking for The Kampong on the adjacent lots with turf pavers, so as to minimize runoff  and soil damage.

The sketch shows how the overflow parking will be created using turf pavers.

The landscape plan has been designed to restore native hardwood hammock species to the site, to promote native wildlife, and to be consistent with the quality and aesthetic of the adjacent gardens of The Kampong.

If you would like to tour the site of our future headquarters, or would like more information about the project, please contact Christopher Baraloto, Director of the International Center for Tropical Botany at cbaralot@fiu.edu