Infrastructure & Public Access

The natural landscapes of national parks draw the visitors, but the human-designed elements of the landscapes structure their experience. A carefully planned and well-constructed trail guides the hiker through ecosystems and to vistas, ideally to a richer appreciation of the area’s natural beauty. A minimal impact campground with spectacular views introduces campers young and old to the pleasures of outdoor living. An engaging, dynamic visitor center deepens the park experience, allowing visitors to delve into the natural history that lies outside. Thoughtful and place-appropriate design creates inspired, and inspiring, public access.

At our flagship park projects, we aim to welcome thousands of visitors to spectacular landscapes with minimal impact. Accordingly, we put tremendous effort into designing and constructing world-class park infrastructure. Campgrounds, visitor centers, road and trail networks, signage, and other facilities have been designed to be durable and energy efficient, and minimize impacts on the landscape’s natural qualities. Each project takes its architecture style from regional landmarks and designs, and incorporates local materials—wood, stone, recycled materials—whenever possible.

Good architecture in a national park can elevate the visitor experience, communicate that a society values its natural heritage, and promote the idea that beauty in all its forms—natural and human-created—truly matters.

Photo Gallery

Here you can see some examples of our infrastructure and public access work. Click to enlarge.


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