Gallery: New LEED Gold Old Faithful Education Center in Yellowstone

 
Yellowstone National Park was the United States' first national park, and now it is one of the only parks to have a LEED Gold certified building. The Visitor Education Center at Old Faithful opened last week to crowds of visitors looking for more information on the amazing features and wonders of Yellowstone National Park. Designed to reflect the traditional NPS architecture, the state-of-the-art visitor center is also green to the core and features energy efficient design and eco-friendly materials.

Image © Justin Lubke/Yellowstone Park Foundation

Since four out of every five visitors to the National Park make a stop to see Old Faithful spout into the air, the education center does its best to keep the famed geyser in the limelight. As you enter the facility, beautiful 36.5-foot-high pentagonal windows frame the geyser outside, reminding visitors of the reason they’re there.

The educational facility, designed by CTA Architects of Billings Montana, was built to open the minds of the 3 million annual visitors to the wonders of the park. The architecture reflects the look of the surrounding buildings, especially the Old Faithful Inn, which was built in 1904.

Lead Image © Justin Lubke/Yellowstone Park Foundation

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