Old Faithful Visitor Education Center
The 25,795 sq. ft. Old Faithful Visitor Education Center was designed to accommodate an anticipated 1,300,000 visitors per year. The sweeping views to Old Faithful Geyser, Upper Geyser Basin and Geyser Hill were carefully studied and prescribed through the design, for maximum visitor enjoyment.
The center houses a multi-story lobby and information center, a 5,000 sq. ft. hydrothermal Exhibit Hall, a 219-seat auditorium, the Yellowstone Association Bookstore, a research library, high volume public restrooms, classroom space and NPS administrative offices.
The design draws from the Arts and Crafts style of the Adirondack Camp influence of the neighboring historic Old Faithful Inn. To protect the unique underground water systems and geothermal heat of Old Faithful Geyser Basin, the foundation was designed to be thermally invisible to the ground beneath it by placing the main floor over a crawl space that is ventilated year-around, reducing the building’s effect on natural ground temperature.
High Performance: Water conserving mechanical fixtures, convection forces to provide natural ventilations, building energy management systems, compliance to the Dark Sky Initiative with cut off shades and programmed lighting controls, building products in accordance with Forest Stewardship Council criteria and the recycling and reuse of over 99% the project’s construction waste materials from the landfill all contributed to a LEED Gold Certification.