Project: National Museum of Forest Service History
Award: Future Projects: Education, Bronze, 2023
Location: Montana, United States
Architect: Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Client: National Museum of Forest Service History
The Conservation Legacy Center for the National Museum of Forest Service History in Missoula, Montana will educate the public about the history and ongoing conservation work of the United States Forest Service (USFS).
Its design is inspired by the qualities of the forests as valuable recreational and economic resources throughout history and echoes features of the local surrounding mountain landscape. An exhibit in and of itself, the predominantly wooden building will feature an array of mass timber products such as glulams, cross laminated timber (CLT) and Mass Plywood Panels (MPP). The unique two-way span capability of MPP is exhibited in a folded roof geometry over the south facing portico and the main lobby.
Tree-like columns will exhibit timber craft and advanced engineering, showcasing 16 representative trees from national forests. Visitors will experience curated exhibits, forested landscape with featured specimen trees and dramatic open vista and mountain views. The south facing portico incorporates passive cooling and heating principles, by blocking hot summer sun while welcoming winter sun. A roof deck provides panoramic views of the campus and access to a fire-tower.
LEAD ARCHITECT: Tom Chung