An Urban Sanctuary
Quinta Mazatlán’s mission to enrich people’s lives by sharing knowledge about birds, plants and environmental stewardship in South Texas is deeply rooted in the history, culture and ecology of McAllen and the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Strategically located along the migratory path between the United States and neighboring Mexico, the project aims to create a world class gateway to the international birding network through their new P.A.L.M. House (Plants, Animals, Land and Humankind).
Embodying Quinta Mazatlán’s vision of inspiring and influencing the community through environmental education and stewardship, the new P.A.L.M. House is situated at the heart of the site and orientated to prevailing winds. It will include the Center of Urban Ecology along with a Children’s Learning Center and gardens to promote appreciation of nature and model cultural and ecological sustainability for learners of all ages. Designed to be a net positive habitat, the building and gardens merge to provide armatures for plants, insects and animals. The innovative project design is on-target to meet LEED Platinum and SITES Gold certification as well as incorporating bird-friendly design features.