While still retaining its 1920’s look, Big-D transformed the visitor center into a state-of-the-art “green” building.
- LEED Platinum
- Federal Energy and Water Management Award, U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) | 2013
The design-build King Gillette Ranch Visitor Center project included the rehabilitation of an existing 6,000-square foot building for a visitor center and the construction of a new 1,000-square foot restroom structure. The project also included a new 50-stall parking area, entry plaza, paths, and related site work.
While still retaining its 1920’s look, Big-D transformed the visitor center into a state-of-the-art “green” building. The new facility is a showcase for sustainable design and construction. Features include a 70kw photovoltaic system, a ground and water source heat pump system, a wetlands-friendly sewage treatment system, an incandescent-free lighting system, and numerous other green building features. It achieved a LEED Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council and functions as a net-zero energy use facility by producing all of its annual energy needs onsite via renewable energy sources, thus having a zero carbon footprint for facility operation.
The center houses visitor facilities for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA), California State Parks, and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. It is the first National Park Service facility to achieve LEED Platinum and to be a “net-zero” carbon footprint facility.