The Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center
In 1997, the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation was chosen out of a national competition to design, construct, own and operate a new Museum and Visitor Center. The financial model for this creative public/private partnership would allow the facility to be donated back to the National Park Service within twenty years free of charge.
The facility includes over 20,000 sf of interpretive exhibit space, two 150 seat state of the art theatres, food service, museum & book store, visitor center & park and foundation administrative offices. LSC Design worked closely with a huge array of stakeholders and the local, state, and national level. This facility redefines the National Park Service’s model for Museums & Visitor Centers.
The National Park Service stressed the need for this facility to reinforce the ‘sense of place’ that already exists so strongly in Gettysburg. This building needed to blend into the landscape rather than compete with it. The design for this new facility utilized local materials and varied massing to blend into this historic landscape.
This project leads the way in utilizing sustainable design practices in museum/interpretive facilities and includes one of the largest geothermal systems in the US. This design initiative cuts the annual energy consumption and utility cost by over 40%. The project was awarded LEED Gold certification in July 2010.