Visitor Center and Administration Building Complex
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Olympia, Washington 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.