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Prototype Community Garden Shelter


The Prototype Community Garden Shelter was constructed as a spring event for the Plain Green Conference and Marketplace in downtown Sioux Falls. The small shelter was completed as the second annual community service project integrating hands on learning, sustainable building concepts, and community stewardship for local volunteers.

The project is a prototype for seven other community gardens around the city. Each shelter will highlight a different sustainable material including gabion construction, rammed earth, straw bale, compressed earth block, and cordwood.

The Community Garden Shelter serves the local urban agriculture community, providing a place to gather, share information, provide storage, and demonstrate sustainable building techniques.

Site Provided By:
Avera McKennan Hospital

Construction Donated By:
Sioux Falls Construction Company

Design By:
Sioux Falls Chapter of Architecture for Humanity

Donations From:
Architecture for Humanity Monthly Microgrant by Chase Community Giving
Concrete Materials
Schoeneman's Lumber Company
McCollor Construction
Horner Lumber Company
Soukup Construction Company
United Concrete
Friesen Construction Company
Myrl and Roy's Paving
Landscape Garden Centers
Structural Engineering Associates
Norberg Paints
SDSU Department of Architecture


21st and Cliff Ave
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105
United States

Project Details

NAME: Prototype Community Garden Shelter
LOCATION: 21st and Cliff Ave, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105, United States
START DATE: May 25, 2011
CURRENT PHASE: In construction
COST: $26550 USD (Estimated)
SIZE: 256 sq. ft
PROJECT TYPE: Public Space/Gathering Space, Landscapes/Parks/Outdoor Spaces, Community Center
BENEFICIARIES: Those who will benefit from this project include the urban agriculture community, many of whom are low income residents, students touring the shelters to learn about sustainable building materials and techniques, and project volunteers who will gain hands-on knowledge about building green. This project will not only act as a prototype for the remaining seven community gardens in Sioux Falls, but will act as a catalyst for fostering positive change in our community.