BCE was awarded “Outstanding Project” at the 2009 National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards for the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose, Wyoming – Grand Teton National Park. Jami Lorenz attended the 16th Annual Conference in Scottsdale, AZ to accept the award.
The Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center is located along the Snake River, a few miles outside of Jackson, WY. The construction of the building utilizes multiple Douglas Fir log frames supporting a glulam rafter roof system. A vast sloping window wall system looks out to the Teton Range and is supported by custom steel mullions.
The lateral system is a combination of concealed braced frames, moment frames, and wood shear walls with 300 psf roof snow loads combined with the high seismicity of the area.
Judges' Comments: The judges noted that the use of wood was a bold choice – most engineers would have avoided wood based on the complexity. And, even though the structure resists high seismic loads, the lateral system doesn't “hit you over the head”.