Great River Road Interpretive CenterGenoa, Wisconsin
Size: 5,000 Square Feet
Project Cost: N/A
New Construction of LEED-rated interpretative center for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Established in 1932, the Genoa National Fish Hatchery has at its core mission the preservation and restoration of aquatic resources throughout the Great Lakes and the Upper Mississippi River. The new LEED-rated interpretive center will provide a focal point for education and interpretation of the Great River Road, the hatchery, and the history of the area. In partnership with local tribes, the center will feature exhibits telling the tragic story of the Blackhawk Massacre which took place in 1832 at the month of the Bad Axe River where the present day hatchery sits.
The proposed building strives for deep integration not only with the site but with the hatchery itself, using an innovative heat pump HVAC system that utilizes process water from the hatchery instead of a traditional ground source heat exchanger. A 3 KW photovoltaic solar array provides hot water from solar energy. Through this integration of building to site and site to region, the new interpretive center will provide a model of sustainable design and a meaningful destination on the Great River Road.