Bristlecone Visitor Center

Inyo National Forest, Bishop, CA | Community/Education/Civic

Shah Kawasaki Architects provided design, construction documents, and construction administration for the 2,100 sf visitors center at Schulman Grove that acts as a centralized point of interpretation for the Ancient Bristlecone Forest. The visitor center both compliments the natural environment, and achieved LEED Gold certification. The sustainable design features include a photovoltaic panel system which provides 100% of the project’s electrical energy requirement.

SKA worked with users to program the interpretative mission of the center into the design. The visitor center is divided into five main areas, an exhibit hall, a theater, a bookstore, a storage / employee room and a research office / library.

Client: U.S. Forest Service
Location: Inyo National Forest, CA
Project Completion: August 2012

Bristlecone Visitor Center

The visitor center acts as a central point of interpretation for the Ancient Bristlecone Forest.

Bristlecone Visitor Center

Massive kingpost trusses support the roof’s winter snow loads.