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Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Interpretive Center, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wy.

The 7,500-square-foot facility is the first LEED Platinum certified building to be constructed in the National Park System, and is the focal point of the 1,106-acre preserve which was donated to the Park Service by the Rockefeller family. Laurance Rockefeller was the son of John D. Rockefeller Jr., and the parcel of land had served as the Rockefeller family retreat.

Open May through September; the Center is self-guiding with the goal of awakening the senses so that visitors may gain a heightened appreciation of the surrounding landscape. In both medium and message, the building advances environmental responsibility.

The roof of the L-shaped building is clad with 8,000 square feet of RHEINZINK America Inc.'s Pre-Weathered Graphite-Gray Double Lock standing-seam panels. The façade is clad with 2,000 square feet of RHEINZINK's Pre-Weathered Graphite-Gray Flat Lock Tiles. Additionally, the RHEINZINK also covers seasonal "snow shutters" that are used to protect the building during the extreme winter months.

Rockefeller Preserve2The project was a "seven-year labor of love," according to Kevin Burke, principal at Carney Logan Burke Architects. "The goal was to allow the power of nature to reinvigorate the human spirit," Burke says. "That became the calling card of the design and impacted the selection of materials used. We looked for materials that would be around for 200 years."

Architect: Carney Logan Burke Architects, Jackson
Fabricator/Installer: Salt River Roofing, Afton, Wy.
Metal roof and wall panels: RHEINZINK America Inc., Woburn, Mass.,