Gallery: Desert-Topped Gateway Building Blends in with Magestic McDowel...

This stunning, LEED Platinum and Net-Zero building by Weddle Gilmore Black Rock Studio really sets the tone for the majestic McDowell Sonoran Preserve behind it. Built with the help of 4,200 volunteer hours out of rammed earth and topped with a desert-cobbled roof, the Gateway treads gently and reminds bikers, hikers, and horse-riders to do the same. It also harvests 100% of the water required for landscape irrigation and produces all of the energy it needs to operate. Despite the modest construction so typical of park service buildings, this gateway to desert heaven is definitely easy on the eyes.

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