national park service visitor center
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
The necessity of a new National Park Service replacement visitor center in Theodore Roosevelt National Park prompts a conceptual design concept that not only fulfills program requirements, but integrates an assortment of cost-effective sustainable features since the center desires to be as resource-efficient as possible. As a hillside beacon for nature and outdoor enthusiasts, this scheme augments the natural landscape through its layered photovoltaic and green roofs systems, exterior weathered steel panels, and locally quarried stone walls. A three-part frost protected shallow foundation system, along with a high performance insulated envelope, is designed to withstand the severe geological, climatic, and settlement conditions in the area. With 1,909 sf of indoor exhibition space and wide-angled views from the terrace of the spectacular terrain, visitors can immerse themselves in the interpretive exhibits featuring the park’s wildlife, site history, and natural resources.