American Camp Visitor Center at San Juan Island National Historical Park
Otak led the design team tasked with replacing a temporary visitor center, a 1,448 SF, double-wide trailer installed in 1977, with a 2,500 SF permanent visitor center. Our team first assisted the NPS with studying potential locations for the new visitor center, ultimately landing on locating the building on the same site as the existing facility. The visitor center will provide space for visitor orientation, seating for an updated audiovisual program, fully accessible exhibits, public restrooms, and office and storage space for ranger staff. The project also includes a realigned entry drive to improve visibility and safe access to the site from the public roadway. In addition to the realigned driveway the site improvements include a new entry monument sign, an expanded parking lot, an outdoor interpretive plaza for education programs, new outdoor exhibits, upgraded power and communication service, and replacement of the septic system. The visitor center, parking lot, exhibits, audiovisual program and public restrooms will be fully accessible, allowing visitors of different abilities to learn about and experience park resources.
Client: National Park Service
Project Manager: Chad Weiser
Type: Landscape Architecture, Site Civil Engineering, Architecture