New Park Offices
A new cedar-sided Welcome Center and gate house greets visitors as they enter Seneca Lake Park. The cedar wood siding and stone veneer complement the surrounding recreational site, offering visitors relaxation and learning opportunities.
Many sustainable features were incorporated into this recreational building, from how it utilizes the site to the materials used. After the park site was studied, the building was intentionally oriented for southern exposure and built into the existing hillside. Utilizing the direction of the sun and the earth's constant temperature, natural heat is captured during the winter, cold winds are diverted, and the overhang shields the sun during the summer months.
What a wonderful opportunity to help design a Welcome Center to this beautiful lake and park. The natural materials and colors used in this structure quietly speak to its serene environment that will welcome guests for decades to come.
Yvette Zingery, Interior Designer, SoL Harris/Day Architecture
This new recreational building offers a great way for visitors to learn about the park and how to utilize the area’s plentiful natural resources. Visitors to the park can also take away knowledge about the sustainable strategies used in the Welcome Center itself, including radiant floor heating, daylight sensors and the use of rain barrels for rainwater collection.
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