The Wild Center, Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks
Tupper Lake, NY

The museum consists of three connected but distinct buildings, each delivering a unique experience to the overall museum visit. The Great Hall rotunda is surrounded by 42-foot-tall birch trees and equally-tall, high-efficiency glass windows. The East Wing transports visitors into the Adirondack wilderness where four seasons of weather - winter, spring, summer and fall - are engineered seamlessly within one room. Exhibits of mountaintops, trout streams and glacier walls give visitors an experience of actually traveling through the Park. The West Wing features a 165-seat high-definition panoramic theater, where films and speakers present additional facts, history and anecdotes of this Park's natural wonders.

Engineering achievements include integrated systems that simulate a flowing river stream, generate wind and fog, and move glaciers forward continually. Multiple heating designs, multiple air distribution systems, and special ventilation and dedicated exhaust systems addressed varying needs. Additionally, power distribution systems, a standalone emergency backup power system, lightning and fire protection, and data/telecom designs were incorporated. The 40kW photovoltaic array on the roof was designed to serve the Museum’s biological research station and by doing so keeps the station off the grid and dependent only on renewable energy. The project also features carbon saving meters recording the amount of carbon saved around the clock from the system.

The museum consists of three connected but distinct buildings, each delivering a unique experience to the overall museum visit. The Great Hall rotunda is surrounded by 42-foot-tall birch trees and equally-tall, high-efficiency glass windows. The East Wing transports visitors into the Adirondack wilderness where four seasons of weather - winter, spring, summer and fall - are engineered seamlessly within one room. Exhibits of mountaintops, trout streams and glacier walls give visitors an experience of actually traveling through the Park. The West Wing features a 165-seat high-definition panoramic theater, where films and speakers present additional facts, history and anecdotes of this Park's natural wonders.

Size:

35,000 sf

Awards:

2008 Diamond Award, Engineering Excellence - Building/Technology Systems - ACEC New York