The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT), an international cultural and scientific center for conservation (, has broken ground for its $48 million, 69,000-square-foot facility, which will be located at 1800 University Drive (at the southwest corner of Harley Avenue and University Drive) adjacent to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and in the heart of the Fort Worth Cultural District perfect for a Fort Worth Tour.

BRIT will seek the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ Platinum certification for its new facility, which would be the first at that level in Fort Worth and Tarrant County, the second in the North Texas Culture area, and the fifth in Texas. BRIT’s new home will be one of the first buildings in the region to have a “living” roof, and it will be planted with flowering plants of the Fort Worth Prairie variety suitable for the climate.

BRIT’s new home in Fort Worth’s Cultural District; full of Fort Worth Tourist Attractions will be built on a 5.2-acre site leased from the City of Fort Worth. H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture LLC (H3) is the design architectural firm for the project, and Balmori Associates, Inc., is the landscape design firm, both of New York. Completion is scheduled for early 2011.

The new facility will include the Suzanne Rall Peacock Learning Center, a new program endowed by The Rainwater Charitable Foundation— and named in memory of its late executive director— for educators to learn how to teach their students about conservation and nature. Opened to the public in 1991, BRIT has one of the largest herbaria in the United States, the largest independent herbarium in the Southwest, and one of the world’s best collections of Texas plant specimens. Perfect for Fort Worth Kids of many Things to Do in Fort Worth!