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MN Valley Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

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    • the center overlooks the remains of a historic farmstead
    • Overview

      “Visitor centers are meant to open people’s eyes up and help educate them about an important topic or place. The Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center does exactly that and more. Designed by MSR to take in the natural beauty of the Minnesota River through strategically framed views, the visitor center also educates people about the local ecosystem and the advantages of energy efficiency.”—Inhabitat blog

      A gateway for visitors to explore the refuge, this innovative environmental education center used 57.7% less energy than the Department of Energy’s baseline in its first year of operation.

    • the design incorporates a series of viewports, which frame specific views of the site
    • affordable, durable materials include concrete block, metal, and copper
    • inside, viewports are designed to draw visitors back to the riverfront
    • Specifications

      Location: Carver, Minnesota

      Type: New construction

      Size: 12,800 square feet

      Sustainable design: LEED Silver compliant

    • Awards

      US Department of Energy and Federal Interagency Energy Policy Committee
      Federal Energy and Water Management Award.

    • Project Contact

      Thomas Meyer

      • Architect / Principal
      • thomas@msrdesign.com
      • 612 359 3222
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