Western Mountain Region / American Institute of Architects
Project: Red Canyon Ranch/Wyoming Resource Center near Lander, Wyoming
Owner: Wyoming Chapter of the Nature Conservancy
The Resource Center was designed as an educational facility and field laboratory for the Nature Conservancy and was partially funded by the Amoco Foundation. The facility utilizes some of the most innovative building and engineering techniques found today including water conservation systems and rammed earth construction. According to project manager and Ward+Blake principal, Tom Ward, “rammed earth gave us a green building technology, and provided an aesthetic particularly appropriate to the unique geology of the area.” Supplemental heat will come from a radiant in-floor system powered by a wood-burning fireplace called the Pyrohelix Fireplace – which boasts a 95% efficiency rating – and was invented by native Lander resident Bill Oviatt. General contractor for the 3000 square foot facility was Teton Heritage Builders, also from Jackson Hole.