Furnace Creek Visitor Center
Death Valley has the most extreme climate in the United States. The Visitor Center exists as an oasis, a respite from 120⁰ summer days for staff and visitors alike. ARG’s upgrades to the Mid-century modern building – new ‘cool’ roof, new windows, sophisticated environmental controls, and a series of modest, subtly differentiated additions – responded to the site’s environment and constraints.
Behind the Scenes
About 20% of the building’s energy needs will be met by a 93 kilowatt ground- and roof-mounted photo-voltaic system.
The Visitor Center is a classic example of the National Park Service “Mission 66” building program.
Almost 1,000,000 people visit Death Valley each year.
For a full list of awards and honors received by Furnace Creek Visitor Center, please click here.
Photography by David Wakely