Tettegouche State Park Visitor Center and Highway Rest Area
Location: Silver Bay, MN
Partnerships: Miller Dunwiddie Architecture
Tettegouche State Park is one of the top five visited state parks in Minnesota. With visits increasing from 28,000 in 1986 to 332,000 in 2012, the need for park improvements including replacement of the too-small, 80’s visitor center was obvious. LKPB Engineers was hired as part of the A/E team to design the new center. The new 11,000 square foot building has interpretive exhibit space, an amphitheater, gift/coffee shop, and a multi-purpose room for programs and community functions. 24/7 modern restroom facilities are available and the center functions as a MnDOT Class 1 safety rest area. LKPB’s design used the State’s B3 guidelines for sustainability. Initially, a geothermal heat pump system was explored but found to not be feasible. However, an expansive 100-panel, 24.3 KW photovoltaic array can provide about 36% of the facility’s power needs. Efficient LED lighting brightens the building and parking lots of this visitor center that supports the 9,300-acre Tettegouche State Park.