Grand Teton National Park
Discovery & Visitor’s Center
Architects: Bohlin, Cywinski, Jackson — Seattle, Washington
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Architectural Record Article
The new Grand Teton National Park Discovery and Visitor’s Center is located along the Snake River, snuggled up against the Teton range at Moose Junction, a few miles outside Jackson, WY. The building construction utilizes materials consistent with the landscape and climate, with multiple log frames supporting a glulam rafter roof system making up the primary gravity load system. A vast sloping window wall system looks out to the Teton range beyond and is supported by custom steel mullions. The lateral system is a combination of concealed braced frames, moment frames, and wood shearwalls. This structure posed special challenges with roof snow loads approaching 300psf combined with the high seismicity of the area. The Visitor’s Center will be open to the public year around with the grand opening and dedication completed August 11, 2007. It is expected to draw over half a million visitors a year.
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