Moon Preserve Mohonk Preserve Exterior View of Main Entry

THE MOHONK PRESERVE

VISITOR CENTER

Gardiner, NY

The Trapps Gateway Center, on the Mohonk Preserve, is an Orientation and Administration Center for New York State’s largest member-supported nature preserve. In 1998, the Visitor Center and its exhibits were designed by LHSA+DP. The building design has won wide recognition for its sustainable design. To celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2013, the Preserve  launched several initiatives to enhance the way it engages the public with nature. To achieve this objective, the services of LHSA+DP were retained once again to develop an Interpretive Master Plan identifying a variety of enhancements and upgrades to the existing Visitor Center, as well as to the surrounding grounds. These enhancements included a 3,200 sf expansion of the Center to accommodate additional exhibition spaces, a large meeting room overlooking the landscape as well as more administrative offices. The Interpretive Master Plan also called for a complete rethinking of the Visitor Center’s interpretive experiences, including design and construction of a new immersive media Orientation Experience, an exhibition that embodies the Preserve’s mission, a redesigned visitor services area, an upgraded and digitally enhanced topographic model of the Preserve, and a Children’s Corner. These enhancements were completed in the fall of 2013.

 

Services

Master Planning
Architectural Design
Exhibit Design
Graphic Design
Interior Design

 

Awards

Winner of “Building with Trees Award” 1999
Excellence in Sustainable Design Award 2004

“Paul Alter, Lee Skolnick and their team provide a unique approach to architectural visioning that starts with gaining a deep understanding of the client’s identity and helps the client, through much thoughtful front-end dialogue and visioning, to ultimately realize a structure that melds mission with space, and form
with function.”

 

Glenn D. Hoagland, Executive Director, The Trapps Gateway Center for The Mohonk Preserve

Services

Master Planning
Architectural Design
Exhibit Design
Graphic Design
Interior Design

 

Awards

Winner of “Building with Trees Award” 1999
Excellence in Sustainable Design Award 2004