Groundbreaking on Grandfather Mountain


Coffey Architecture was excited to take part in the Wilson Center for Nature Discovery, groundbreaking ceremony which took place on Labor Day, this week.

The addition to the Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum, will nearly double the size of the current building in an effort to showcase the natural history of the mountain in a new, educational and exciting way. The design focuses on reinforcing the educational components of the center. Visitors will experience the natural environment in a variety of ways as they make their way from the interior historical and interactive displays, to the multi-use classroom, and to the outdoor education area with a covered porch, picnic shelter and natural terraced seating.

The exhibit space, re-imagined by PGAV Destinations, will offer a high level of interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages. Displays are designed to be open and informative, serving as guides for visitors as they transition through the space.

"Any architect, who aspires to create good design, wants to do a project like this. Visitor Centers/Nature Centers are special places, which offer the designer significant challenges and opportunities. They are meant to enhance one’s understanding and experience of a place while, at the same time, not upsetting that place by being located in it. Achieving this goal can be like threading a needle, but it’s a challenge we’ve embraced.", said project Architect, Hunter Coffey.

To read more about this project, please visit the following articles:

Preservation and passion: Grandfather Mountain breaks ground for new conservancy

Grandfather Mountain announces ‘Conservation Campus’ expansion

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