This Center was built in cooperation with architect David Pierce, and was budgeted and designed using a list of Park Service specifications. Pacific Builders’ challenge was to interpret those specifications in a manner that provided the best value for the developer and for the Park Service.
The finished construction represents the culmination of a 19-year effort to consolidate many Park Service departments spread out over an extended geographic area. This consolidation increased operational efficiency and upgraded facilities for Park Service staff.
Pacific Builders, David Pierce, the developer, and the tenants shared the goal of creating a building that emphasized careful thought to its environmental impact. To meet this objective, the building uses metal as a basic construction component. Metal is a highly recycled product and it is likely that much of the project’s structural and framing materials were at one time a ship, a steam pipe, or someone’s 1977 Chevy Malibu. The outer wall finishes are mostly durable concrete/fiber/cement.
The exterior of the building reflects colors that can be easily identified in the surrounding forests and stream beds.
The building interior represents a sophisticated, professional office and working environment consisting of offices, workshops and laboratories.