Bureau of Land Management, Price, Utah
Project Point of Contact
BLM, Price, UT
Phone: 801 539-4090
The Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center Team is recognized for demonstrated leadership, skill, and ingenuity for the sustainable design features used in the renovation of the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center in 2005–2006. The original 950-square foot building was increased by 1,500 square feet. Additional exhibit space, a small office, and mechanical room were added to the original building. Off the grid, the center requires electricity 24 hours a day to power the building’s systems. They were able to meet the full energy need for the building by installing a photovoltaic system. In fuel cost for a generator alone, the photovoltaic system has a full payback period of 2¼ years. Energy efficient features ensure the photovoltaic system can create enough power for the building. The annual emission savings are estimated at 6,265 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Signage describes the principles of solar energy and the unique components of the photovoltaic system to site visitors. BLM site interpretation staff show interested visitors how the equipment generates and uses solar energy. The design team worked closely with each other, various stakeholders, and the construction contractor to ensure that the building was constructed using a holistic, sustainable approach, including the features listed below.
- Many of the original building structural elements were reused, including exposed tongue and groove ceiling decking, roof joists, exterior walls, and stone wainscot
- Low volatile organic compound (low-VOC) materials were used for interior paints and finishes
- Wall and roof insulation levels are 15 percent above code requirements
- Windows have high performance spectrally selective (low-E) coatings to block infrared and ultraviolet rays that contribute to heat gain
- Site disturbance was kept to a minimum to protect and preserve exterior plants, rocks, and paleontological resources
- Exterior benches and seat walls are composed of natural materials
The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center Renovation Design Team was comprised of the following individuals:
- Mr. Tom Busch, Architect
- Mr. Barry Welton, Structural Engineer
- Mr. Gary Hurelle, Landscape Architect
- Mr. Trent Duncan, Mechanical Engineer
The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center Renovation Design Team is nominated for demonstrated leadership, expertise, skill, and ingenuity in implementing sustainable design features and renewable energy technologies during the renovation of the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center. The team’s expertise allowed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to accomplish its renewable energy and environmental goals with significant initial savings and very short payback.
Although this is a relatively small-scaled project, it is important to realize that this project represents over 16% of the BLM's annual construction budget. The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center is the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) first visitor center. Originally constructed in 1967, the building underwent a major renovation in 2005-2006. The original 950 square-foot building was increased by 1500 square-feet. Additional exhibit space, a small office, and mechanical room were added to the original building. The team members were instrumental throughout the planning, design and construction phases of the renovation. The team provided complete structural, mechanical, electrical, landscaping and photovoltaic design.
The total savings for the renewable energy features exceeded $60,000, representing an 8.57% overall project savings.
The design team worked closely with each other, various stakeholders, and the construction contractor to ensure that the building was constructed using a holistic, sustainable approach.
The original 40 year old building design utilized large overhangs to protect southern oriented glazing from direct light, while large northern oriented glazing allowed daylight to illuminate the space and provide views of the actual quarry. These architectural elements were utilized again in the remodeled structure. Similar overhangs and glazing orientation and a new clerestory window continue to provide ample day-lighting in the exhibit space. The Visitor Center is actually fully functional without power or lights. The quarry buildings utilize windows and skylights for illumination and are not equipped with lighting.
Lighting in the Visitor Center is provided by compact fluorescent lights. The lights are zoned and controlled by occupancy sensors. Once visitors vacate the various exhibit spaces, the lights automatically turn off after about 5 minutes. This lighting control method greatly reduces the amount of energy used by the building.