Restored Yellowstone photo shop earns award for energy efficient design

2014-06-02T12:20:00Z 2014-07-09T06:18:24Z Restored Yellowstone photo shop earns award for energy efficient designGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
June 02, 2014 12:20 pm  • 

The recently remodeled 87-year-old Old Faithful Haynes Photo Shop in Yellowstone National Park has earned a LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

“Yellowstone National Park is often at the forefront of the sustainable movement – from recycling gas cylinders to the use of soy biodiesel in the Park’s vehicles - and this project is an extension of that commitment,” said Dan Wenk, park superintendent, in a statement.

The project received 75 out of 76 attempted points in seven LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification areas: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation in design and regional priority credits. Some of the innovative elements included in the restoration are:

• Reuse of the original building structure, windows and exterior materials.

• Salvaged and recycled materials sourced from regional manufacturers, including Douglas fir wood interior finishes, ceramic tile and recycled glass counters throughout the building, as well as recycled glass permeable paving outside.

• Many materials sourced from regional manufacturers.

• Energy-efficient lights activated by occupancy sensors throughout the building.

• Light pollution reduced in compliance with LEED, and Yellowstone National Park’s Outdoor Lighting Standards.

“This project presented special challenges because we not only had to modernize the building, but maintain its historic integrity,” said Lesley Gilmore, director of Historic Preservation Services for CTA Architects Engineers.

CTA’s Historic Preservation Services provided full architectural and engineering services for the restoration of this log-out wood frame construction.

Located in the Old Faithful area of Yellowstone, the structure once housed one of F. Jay Haynes' photo shops, and was built in 1927. Haynes was the first photo concessionaire in YNP.

“Today it is a showcase for creative exhibits, videos, vintage photographs, displays that highlight exciting projects supported by YPF, and original Haynes memorabilia that date from around 1900,” said Karen Bates Kress, president of the Yellowstone Park Foundation.

Construction began in September 2012 and was completed for the grand opening last June. It was restored by the Yellowstone Park Foundation and Yellowstone National Park. The original building is 1,550 square feet with a 650 square foot addition. The project cost $2.1 million.

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