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Westwood Hills Nature Center

The City of St. Louis Park partnered with RJM Construction to build a new interpretive center, replacing an undersized and outdated facility.

Winner MNCREW’s 2020 Celebration Awards Excellence in Environmental Sustainability

This award-winning building design seamlessly connects visitors to nature, is accessible, and environmentally friendly with many energy-saving measures throughout the site. The new, innovative interpretive center provides classrooms, exhibit and lounge spaces, storage, and multipurpose rooms. Some unique features include the wood frame glulam structure, solar energy, geo-thermal energy, an interactive rainwater feature for educational purposes, and bird-safe glass.

Programming, staff operations, and public needs eventually outgrew the former space over its 70 years of existence. Located remotely uphill from the parking lot also presented accessibility challenges for visitors with disabilities and younger children. The site is now fully accessible, with first class programming, reduction in energy consumption, and easily blends in with nature through its location and design.

NOMINATED: CoreNet Midwest Awards 2020 Project of the Year

MEDIA: StarTribune, Finance and Commerce, GB&D Magazine, HGA, St. Louis Park Sun Sailor

Project Details
Client
Westwood Hills Nature Center

Market
Community

Project Type
Sports and Recreation

Location
St. Louis Park MN

Square Feet
13,300

Architect
HGA

Project Summary
Westwood Hills Nature Center.pdf
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