FWS, Sustainably Designed Visitor Center
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge built a 15,945 square-foot sustainable design visitor center and headquarters that has features in all of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) categories. Sustainable elements include a heating and cooling system that uses the ambient temperature of ground water to regulate the building's temperature; natural ventilation systems; recycled-content wood columns, roof trusses, carpet, linoleum flooring, and drywall; low or no Volatile Organic Compounds and hydro-chlorofluorocarbons materials; and no cremated copper arsenate preservatives in exterior wood. The facility boasts excellent water conservation measures including a ground water recharge system. Degraded wet meadows on-site are restored and replanted with native species. A model partnership effort, neighboring organizations such as the Massachusetts Audubon Society and the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities provided key input in the building's design and construction. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Department of Parks and Recreation contributed $1,000,000 toward design and construction of the facility. Interpretive exhibits provide education on the benefits of sustainable buildings, wise resource management, and environmental stewardship.
Steven Griles, Janet Kennedy, Matt Hogan
Project Point of Contact
Pam Rooney, Project Manager
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 300 Westgate Center, Hadley, MA 01035