USFWS Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and Headquarters Building

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Project Type: Government

Client: US Fish and Wildlife Service

LHB provided design and construction administrative services for the new $5.8 million USFW Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and Headquarters Building. This 11,821 SF building includes a visitor lobby, exhibit area, bookstore, video theatre, multi-purpose rooms, office space, locker room, shower, breakroom, and storage space. The building features unique items such as in-floor heat, a metal roof, a photovoltaic system, rainwater harvesting, fiber cement siding, stone veneer accents, and exposed glu-lam trusses with decorative gusset plates. This project achieved LEED Gold Certification.

This project also involved the development of the 44-acre former industrial brownfield site originally owned by the automotive industry. Site design consisted of roads, trails, patios, a canoe landing, landscape, gate, and monumental sign.

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