LEED Gold-U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Visitor Center
C&S designed and provided construction administration services for a LEED Gold certified addition and renovation to the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge’s administration/visitor facility. The addition increased the one-story, 6,800-foot facility to 13,200 square feet with offices to accommodate refuge staff and Division of Fisheries personnel. The addition is the main building entry point and has a large atrium, bookstore and reception area. An expanded visitor component increases awareness, understanding and support for interpretive programs for wildlife conservation. Sustainable features of the LEED Gold building include finish materials that have a high percentage of recycled content, are rapidly renewable, and are manufactured regionally. Solar thermal heating and photovoltaic electrical panels provide renewable power to high-efficiency electrical and mechanical fixtures and equipment. Rain gardens around the building help with stormwater management. C&S used Revit Building Information Modeling (BIM) to create several design concepts for facility staff and end. The end project preserved a majority of the existing building, minimized site modifications and integrated new and existing building systems without conflict.