Visitor Center and Administration Building Complex
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Olympia, Washington Client: US Fish and Wildlife Service
The Visitor Center features education and wildlife observation opportunities related to wetland biology and native waterfowl. The pedestrian approach to the Visitor Center is elevated above a new wetland. The building features an exposed post and beam structure and carefully detailed interior spaces. The building is constructed on pilings driven to a depth of 20 feet.
The Center features an Auditorium that overlooks the existing wetland and a Wetland Interpretive Exhibit room. Environmentally responsible finish materials were carefully utilized including:
Natural Cork Flooring (harvested from living trees)
The Administration building is linked to the Visitor Center by a covered walkway and wildlife observation kiosk overlooking the existing wetland. The Administration Building also features post and beam structure and carefully detailed interior spaces.