An entrance pavilion, 1.5 acre reflecting pool, outdoor patios and more easily accessible footpaths will draw visitors' attention to the outdoors and invite them to explore. The Visitor, Exhibition and Conference Center will be Ando's third building in the United States, and reflects his mastery of the interface between nature and architecture. Ando and Hilderbrand worked together on the landscaping portion of the project. "It clearly is a building that is not about just a building, but about the experience of a whole campus," said Conforti. In addition to widening the campus experience, elements of the landscape design will contribute to the Clark's efforts toward sustainability. The reflecting pool, which will act as a self-sustaining reservoir, and a rooftop rainwater collection system will harvest water for use in plumbing and irrigation, reducing the museum's potable water usage by fifty percent. Runoff and effluent will be detained and treated by constructed wetlands, rain gardens and infiltration meadows before entering existing bodies of water. Coinciding with the impact study, the recently completed, three-year phase of the project includes a woodshop, a specialized shipping facility, boiler and air conditioning systems, a greatly expanded kitchen, and an indoor, climate-controlled loading dock (something the museum has long coveted). Most of the project is underground, so as to preserve the intimacy of the museum experience. Despite the higher cost of such a project, Conforti said, "We wanted it to be appropriate for the scale of the Clark as people know and love it and for the scale of the residential neighborhood." The new parking lot will be farther away from the museum buildings, but no farther than the parking lots are at Tanglewood or at the Norman Rockwell Museum, two of the Berkshires' other key attractions, said Conforti. (With around 200,000 visitors per year, The Clark is the second largest cultural attraction in the Berkshires, after Tanglewood.) In addition to job creation, increased labor income and higher tax revenues, the study anticipates a boost in tourism throughout the Berkshires, due to the Clark's enhanced programs and campus improvements, and expects sustained job growth in retail, lodging and other tourism-related industries. "The power of arts organizations to drive economic growth is clearly demonstrated by these findings," Conforti said. "Working together with our partners in other arts and civic organizations, we are committed to fostering the continued growth of the region's creative economy." Next week The Advocate will take a closer look at the Clark's s new underground facilities and what they entail for future programming.