Grand Canyon Village Interpretive CenterNovember 21, 2014
Six historic buildings, all listed on the National Historic Register, will be preserved, and adaptively reused to include an immersive learning experiences, state-of-the-art interpretive exhibits, interactive displays and educational resources. Connecting these existing structures, visitors wander through a sustainable landscape and interpretive features that illustrate thematic connections of the people, land, animals, and plants of the region.
A new outdoor amphitheater and smaller group of gathering spaces also support the educational programs presented in the Village. Each of the historic buildings in the complex offers different experiences, developing a deeper understanding of this treasured national park. The historic Powerhouse offered interpretation on its history, geology, native plants and animals, and its local and Native American history. The historic Maintenance Building displayed a wealth of art about the canyon and a Canyon Boat Museum in the historic Laundry Building shared the stories of the river experience. The historic Mule Barn became the center for all the educational programs at the park and an active mule operation was maintained in the historic Livery Stable and Horse Shoeing Shed.
This entire interpretive village is being designed to LEED® Gold certification standards and seeks to set the highest standards for “Green” National Park Services projects. The historic buildings all incorporate innovative natural ventilation and energy conservation strategies. The challenges of this project where to find appropriate re-uses for each of the buildings that complimented and preserved their historic fabric, to think through easy visitor connectivity to the rim and to do so in a manner that would preserve and enhance these resources for future generations to enjoy.
Location / year
Grand Canyon, AZ / 2004
LEED & Green Building
Sustainable / LEED
Registered/Designed for LEED
Peter Pfau, FAIA, LEED AP