Quarry Visitor Center Anticipated to Receive Gold LEED Certification
Contact: Mary Risser, (970) 374-3001
"We anticipate that Dinosaur National Monument's new Quarry Visitor Center will receive Gold LEED certification," stated Superintendent Mary Risser. "LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system. We incorporated sustainability into the building's design and construction and then the operation and maintenance of the building."
"We salvaged materials from the demolished visitor center and shuttle waiting area," Risser continued. "For example, the tongue and groove flooring in the old visitor center was salvaged and is now the ceiling in the new visitor center's exhibit hall and auditorium. The stone walls at the shuttle waiting area were incorporated in the new visitor center's exterior walls and masonry at the new visitor center. The cement blocks from the old visitor center have been crushed and will be used for the trails around the new visitor center."
Other components of the sustainable design involve using local material; the stone for the masonry comes from a quarry in Masonville, Colorado and landscaping boulders from a quarry in Maybell and on Blue Mountain. Native plants will be used for a water efficient landscaping. Yellow cedar used for the large beams across the ceiling comes from sustainable forests.
"One of the more unique sustainable features is that the base of an old railroad car is now the bridge between the parking lot and the new visitor center," Risser explained. "We took an old railroad car, placed it on the abutments, painted it, poured a walking surface, added railings, and finished the abutments with the same stone as was used on the exterior of the visitor center."
Utility systems were designed to be as efficient as possible to reduce operational and maintenance costs. The Monument will purchase green power and use a photovoltaic system to off-set a portion of the energy costs. Sky lights will provide natural lighting. Low flow restroom fixtures were installed to reduce water consumption.
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