Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center

Located just north of Jackson, Wyoming, this unique center offers visitors the opportunity to learn about and explore the 1,106-acre wildlife preserve established by Laurance S. Rockefeller.

Location:
Teton County, WY – Grand Teton National Park
Owner:
D.R. Horne & Company
Architect:
Carney Architects

8,200

Total Square Feet

Interpretive center with a grand view

The Big Picture

The Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center is a historic landmark within the Grant Teton National Park. The new facility features cast-in-place concrete foundations, insulated concrete forms for the structural walls, and timber columns. The exterior is cedar siding. The interior is comprised primarily of Douglas fir and Hemlock wall and ceiling paneling, with Patina-finish metal panels. The walls are natural wood stain finish, and the fireplace was built from granite gathered onsite.

Ingenuity in Action

The main source of power to the property was located overhead. Part of the project required relocating it underground. This involved careful coordination and planning with the National Parks Service for minimal disruption to the park.

220
Feet - depth of each of the eight geothermic wells drilled to supply heat to the building
85
Percentatge of building composed of recycled content
The little details
  • This building received the first LEED Platinum certification in Wyoming, as well as the first LEED Platinum for the National Park Service.
  • On-site 10kW pV system
  • Site-sensitive design preserved and restored natural landscape