Education and Research
We know how important educating the next generation is to you…
That’s why your greenhouse is important to us. Our wide range of greenhouse structures and accessories will provide the perfect classroom or research facility for your college or school. Designed for their ease of use and growing success, our educational greenhouses offer the perfect environment for your students and staff.
Educational greenhouses for K-12th grade, universities, or research stations provide a viable teaching environment for lessons in horticulture, disease management, and many other applications.
Our wide range of greenhouse structures and accessories are perfect for building classrooms and research facilities for your college or school system.
Designed for easy use and successful growing, our educational and research greenhouse series offer the perfect environment for students and staff to conduct research trials. Each greenhouse is equipped with all the features necessary to teach a variety of horticulture lessons and intricate research projects, hands-on activity and student engagement.
Design Considerations for Educational Greenhouses
An educational greenhouse is a big investment and should be designed with the help of professional greenhouse manufacturers. When planning your greenhouse for educational purposes, this guide will help you make many of those tough design decisions.
• How many students will be in the greenhouse at one time?
• How will the greenhouse be used?
These two questions should be the basis for what size structure you choose. Allow a minimum of 60 square feet of greenhouse per student with 30 square feet bench space per student. For a minimum square footage requirement for high school greenhouses, check with your local department of education. Keep in mind that greenhouses used for hydroponics and/or aquaponics generally require more space than those used for ornamental horticulture.
When choosing a location, there are many factors to consider. The greenhouse should generally have a North-South orientation if possible. Since they require a good bit of attention, consider a location near a classroom so it will be visited more regularly during the day. Also, light levels play an important role in plant development. Pay close attention to the proximity of parking lot lights, football stadium lights, etc.
The structure should be framed with galvanized steel or aluminum and cover the greenhouse with polycarbonate. Galvanized steel and aluminum last for many years with minimal maintenance, and polycarbonate has good insulation values and excellent light transmission, not to mention it is flame retardant. It is also stronger than glass, offering better protection from hailstorms, rocks thrown by lawn mowers, baseballs, etc.
Other elements of the structure to consider are flooring, benches and aisle widths:
- Concrete slabs work best for greenhouse flooring, are much easier to keep clean and eliminate the battle with
- Expanded metal bench tops provide years of maintenance-free service and allow for good air circulation and water Benches that can be accessed from both sides can be up to 6 feet wide, but benches that can only be accessed from one side should be limited to 3 feet in width.
- Aisle widths of 3′-4′ should be maintained to accommodate large class sizes and students with special
An automatic temperature control system is a must. And, although it’s nice to have the ability to monitor and control the greenhouse conditions remotely, it’s not a necessity.
- Heating: To heat the greenhouse, we recommend gas unit These can be ordered from either LP gas or natural gas. Electric heat is also an option, but it can be quite expensive in a greenhouse of this size since they require 480-volt 3-phase power.
- Cooling: Achieve a cooled greenhouse with properly sized exhaust fans and evaporative cooling If the budget allows, energy curtains are also a nice option to have. These function as a retractable ceiling inside the greenhouse and keep the heat down at plant level, thereby reducing heating costs. During the warm seasons it also serves as a shade system.
These are only a few things to consider when designing your educational greenhouse. When you’re ready to get started, the professionals at Atlas Greenhouse are eager to work alongside your team to design and build your greenhouse project.