Project profile: Pocono Environmental Education Center
The Pocono Environmental Education and Visitor Center is designed to reinforce the organization's mission of environmental stewardship and education.
The building is a flexible, multipurpose gathering space for dining, meetings, lectures, and other environmental learning activities. The building is designed to serve as a teaching tool for environmental education. Arriving at the site, visitors pass through a forest, cross a wetland, enter the building through an opening in the dark north wall, and cross through a bar of service spaces into the bright, daylit main room. The south-facing shed is designed to take full advantage of the warmth of the sun, cool mountain breezes, abundant natural light, and views of the forest.
(2008 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects recipient)