Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson


Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA
Project Area: 2,044 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: BCJ

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The new Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center is sited between a sagebrush meadow and a riparian forest along the Snake River. Approaching through a grove of spruce, cottonwood and aspen trees, visitors are drawn into a courtyard that provides a calm and intimate place in the vast Wyoming landscape. The proportions of this outdoor space accommodate groups of people for gatherings and orientation. The roof tilts upward and away from the courtyard, its jagged edges celebrating the peaks of the Teton Range beyond.


Entering through a vestibule at the north end of the courtyard, visitors are drawn into the ‘heart’ of the building; a large gathering hall that accommodates many functions with the magnificent view of the Teton Range as a backdrop. A large concrete and stone fireplace acts as the focal point of the room. Additional program elements including a bookstore, art gallery and classroom are located adjacent to the gathering space.

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The new Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center pays homage to the strong tradition of rustic architecture in the national parks while remaining fully modern in its design, execution and interpretive mission.

The architecture, landscape and interpretive elements of the new visitor center are carefully and sensitively integrated to provide a rich experience for the visitor.

Products in this project

Bathroom Equipment: Bobrick , Sloan Valve Company, Halsey Taylor, Excel, Kohler

  • Toilet Partitions & Countertop by Bobrick
  • Faucet: Hands-Free Electronic ETF-80 by Sloan Valve Company
  • Waterless Urinals: WES-1000 by Sloan Valve Company
  • Drinking Fountain: Taylor Model number HRFESBP by Halsey Taylor
  • HandDryers by Excel
  • Low-flow toilets: Kingston K-4330, wall mounted by Kohler

Construction materials, Semi-finished materials: Formica, Gaco Western

  • Kitchen Countertops by Formica
  • Insulation: spray-applied foam insulation – Polyfoam System 193 by Gaco Western

Facades: Western Red Cedar, Hankins & Johann, Benjamin Obdyke, Oldcastle Glass

  • Cedar Rainscreen siding: Clear Heart by Western Red Cedar
  • Aluminum and glass window wall by Hankins & Johann
  • Drainage mat: Home slicker by Benjamin Obdyke
  • Glazing: 1” thick insulated glass unit with PPG Solarban 60 low E coating by Oldcastle Glass

Floor: Terra Green Ceramics, Interface Floor

  • Tile: Terra Traffic by Terra Green Ceramics
  • Carpet: Super Flor by Interface Floor

Furniture: Willow Creek Woodworking, Clear Form Design

  • Custom NPS conference table: Designed by by Willow Creek Woodworking
  • Custom reclaimed timber benches: Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson by Clear Form Design

Heating and Ventilation: York, Hydrotherm

  • Air Handling System by York
  • Radiant Heating System: Gas-Fired Direct Vent Cast Iron Boiler KN-Series by Hydrotherm

Joinery: Willow Creek Woodworking

  • Custom Millwork by Willow Creek Woodworking

Kitchen Equipment: General Electrics

  • Appliances: energy star rated appliances by General Electrics

Lighting, Heating, Home/building automation: Concealite, Lucifer Lighting Co., Ardee Lighting , The Lighting Quotient, Prulite , Lithonia Lighting, BK Lighting, Elison Price

  • Lighting by Concealite
  • Lighting by Lucifer Lighting Co.
  • Lighting by Ardee Lighting
  • Elliptar by The Lighting Quotient
  • Lighting by Prulite
  • Lighting by Lithonia Lighting
  • Lighting by BK Lighting
  • Lightning by Elison Price

Mobile Partitions/Suspended Ceilings/Raised Floors: Rulon Company

  • Acoustic panel ceiling - VG Doug Fir veneer over MDF panel by Rulon Company
  • Linear slat ceiling - VG Doug Fir veneer over MDF panel by Rulon Company

Roof: AEP Span, Grace Construction Products

  • Metal Roof by AEP Span
  • Underlayment: Grace Ice and Water Shield by Grace Construction Products

Structures: Spearhead Timberworks, LP Building Products

  • Log and Glulam Structure by Spearhead Timberworks
  • Other structural wood products by LP Building Products

Walls: Forbo, Terra Green Ceramics, TRESPA, Kelly-Moore Paints

  • Tackboard by Forbo
  • Tile: Terra Classic by Terra Green Ceramics
  • Lockers by TRESPA
  • Interior Paint and Clear Finishes: Low-emitting VOC by Kelly-Moore Paints
Cite: "Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson" 17 Nov 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Sep 2014. <>


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    I wanted to do my ms here in kaust can anyone tell me how to find d fee details of the college

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    I love the choice of materials, the overall layout and the proportions… such a great building. I especially like how the roof fits in with the mountains in the background. I would really love to go there!

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    I believe that the architect has succeeded in creating an intimate space, first through choosing wood as a main material which belongs to nature and to the site and second by creating a courtyard where people can gather!! the roof is perfectly built & designed which added alot to the design of the building !

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    It seems as a good project with a calculated aspects .. I wish there are more interior shots that clearly the inner experience.

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