Dinosaur National Monument

Vernal, Utah

Location

Vernal, Utah

Project Category

  • National Park Service
Dinosaur National Monument - NPS

The historic Quarry Visitor Center, built over and around one of the best collections of Jurassic dinosaur fossils in the world was closed in 2006 due to significant life, health, and safety issues.  DHM was brought on board to help lead the park staff through a series of design approaches for this most sensitive of sites, to determine necessary changes in program and function, and to define the character of the project as a whole. New program goals include establishing a more efficient staff operation and cohesive visitor experience.  The Quarry Visitor Center was rehabilitated as an exhibit hall, while the existing contact station was partially demolished and remodeled into the new visitor center.  The site plan and program now encourages visitors to park at the new Quarry Visitor Center and take a small guided tour bus up to the Quarry Exhibit Hall. New interpretive panels and signage provide information about the immediate resources and inform the visitor of additional amenities that can be explored during their stay.  Throughout the design process the DHM team and the NPS collaborated to pursue the highest level of sustainable building practices on this project.

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