Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center Groundbreaking Ceremony
Contact: Tessy Shirakawa, 970-529-4628
Mesa Verde National Park cordially invites the public to join its staff and dignitaries in a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Visitor and Research Center. The ceremony will take place on October 15 at 10:00 a.m. on the construction site, just off Highway 160, and before the park entrance stations. Entrance fees to the park will be waived to help celebrate the occasion. Everyone is invited to enjoy a free visit in the park that day.
Mesa Verde National Park has long identified the need for some type of visitor information station at the entrance to the park. Superintendent reports from as early as the 1920's and 1930's indicate such a desire.Now, finally after years of planning, their vision has been realized. "It may have taken many years for this to come to reality, but what has now been planned and designed will be a state-of-the-art facility that meets visitor, research, and sustainability objectives," stated Superintendent Cliff Spencer.
The $12,107,735 construction contract has been awarded to PCL Construction Services, Inc. of Edwards, Colorado. Funding came through the National Park Service line-item construction budget.
The new Visitor and Research Center is pursuing a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) Platinum rating, the highest rating available. The Visitor and Research Center will implement sustainable design features, high efficiency with an emphasis on alternative energy systems, and include all associated site work/infrastructure and native landscaping.The new visitor information center will house a Mesa Verde Museum Association bookstore, visitor information desk, tour ticket sales, exhibits and trip planning materials. It will also be the repository for Mesa Verde's three million artifacts, and archives.
Come join the celebration on Friday, October 15 beginning at 10:00 a.m. For additional information call 970-529-4465.
Did You Know?
On a snowy December day in 1888, while ranchers Richard Wetherill and Charlie Mason searched Mesa Verde’s canyons for stray cattle, they unexpectedly came upon Cliff Palace for the first time. The following year, the Wetherill brothers and Mason explored an additional 182 cliff dwellings.