U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Visitor Center
C&S was the architect, engineer, and construction administrator for a new LEED Silver visitor center/administration facility for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. C&S used BIM to create concepts that incorporated coastal Long Island architecture, are economical and efficient, and minimized environmental impacts. The new energy-efficient facility at the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge is a hub for eight refuges on Long Island. The 17,000-square-foot visitor center and office space includes educational and interactive exhibits, a multi-purpose room, and an environmental education laboratory. Public areas contain displays of regional animal and plant life, including a 30-foot-tall oak tree, and an aquarium with local fish . Sustainability features include permeable pavers and pavement and bioretention basins for stormwater control. The building is heated and cooled using a geothermal loop field and heat pumps. Solar thermal collectors generate domestic hot water and photovoltaic panels generate electricity. Finish materials use recycled content and were manufactured regionally. C&S developed a site master plan, including educational exhibits, extension of the walking trails, and a fishing pier.