The Imaginarium at I‑Square

Net-Zero-Energy (NZE) Education Center for Art and Science

Our Mission

The Imaginarium was built as a unique space to creatively showcase and promote earth-friendly practices in order to positively demonstrate forward thinking and alternative methods of construction and development as well as educate our visitors on the technology and benefits of renewable energy resources.

A Welcome Message from Mike Nolan

What’s The Imaginarium?

The Imaginarium at I-Square is a two-story, 9,000 sq. ft. Net-Zero-Energy (NZE) Education Center for Art and Science.
In addition to a geothermal heating, cooling and ventilating system, the Imaginarium generates electricity on site with the following renewable sources:

26 kW Solar PV System (60%)
Two 8.9 kW Small Wind Turbines (35%)
21 Power-Generating Exercise Machines (5%)

The Imaginarium houses a vertical garden with a hydropower demonstration area, an Art gallery, education space, and a real-time dashboard showing building energy performance.

The seasonal rooftop also features a high efficiency, all electric kitchen and bar accommodating visitors on both The Imaginarium and Building 1  connected via a rooftop walkway.

This project is part of the Cleaner, Greener Communities program, a major statewide initiative encouraging communities to incorporate sustainability goals and principles into local decision-making, and then form partnerships to transform markets that lead to the reduction of emissions and the generation of economic development benefits. The program, administered by NYSERDA, also empowers communities to take action, providing technical resources and decision-making tools on land use, housing, transportation, energy, economic development and environmental practices, resulting in a more vibrant and prosperous New York State.

Visit Us

Tuesdays – Saturdays, 9am – 4pm

Stop in during our regular hours or contact us to book a tour for your group.

500 Bakers Park
Rochester, NY 14617

What Can You Do at The Imaginarium?

Video Wall

Displaying energy metrics as well as short features about energy and the Imaginarium

Eco Gym

Where our members can get a workout and help actually power the building!

Vertical Garden

Where we grow our own produce year round

Hydropower Demonstration

A demonstration of the capabilities of Hydropower

Eco Lounge

View short inspirational features and take a virtual guided tour with Google Expeditions

Everbright Panels

Feel like a kid again with this modern take on a familiar toy

Rooftop Kitchen & Bar

During the warmer months enjoy delicious food cooked in our energy efficient all-electric  Rooftop Kitchen & Bar

Art Installations

See our ever-changing art installations

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Become a Member of the Eco Gym

The Imaginarium now offers memberships for Spin Classes and equipment usage with reasonable monthly fees.
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Host Your Next Event at the Imaginarium

This unique venue can be rented for your next gathering. Whether it’s a wedding reception, corporate event or anything in between, our Event Coordinator can help you plan and host a memorable event.
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