RIO SALADO
AUDUBON
CENTER

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Owner: National Audubon Society

Certified: June 2010

Project Size: 7,500 ft²

Architect: Weddle Gilmore

Energy Cost Savings: 51.4%

LEED Certification: Platinum

Project Overview

Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center is a nature center in the heart of Phoenix’s Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area—a 600-acre park space in the historic Salt River corridor. Located less than two miles from downtown Phoenix, the Center is a gateway to a lush Sonoran riparian habitat used by over 200 species of birds and other wildlife. The free admission Center offers interactive exhibits, an interpretive loop trail, connections to the Rio Salado Habitat’s sixteen miles of hiking and riding trails and a variety of programs, including family nature walks, wildlife encounters, birding classes and bird walks, school field trip programs and more. 

Sustainability Features
  • 75% of occupied space has day lighting

  • 20% reduction in baseline indoor water use

  • 50% reduction in potable landscape water use

  • Occupancy sensors and high efficiency lighting

  • 18.5 kW solar powered system

  • Waste water recycling system

  • Low flow fixtures