Kinzua Bridge Visitor Center

BACKGROUND:
Kinzua Bridge State Park in north-central Pennsylvania draws visitors for the spectacular view from the Kinzua Bridge Skywalk. The skywalk is the reinvention of the Kinzua Viaduct, which was once the longest and tallest railroad structure in the world at 2,053 feet long and 301 feet high. The viaduct was partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) constructed a new office and visitor center to highlight the park’s natural and cultural history.

SCOPE:
We led a team of partners to plan, design, fabricate, and install interpretive exhibits that include sculpture, media, interactives, and graphic elements in a unique, industrial steampunk style.

OUTCOME:
The official opening of the Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitor Center and Park Office took place on September 15, 2016.

PARTNERS:
PA DCNR, Blue Rhino Studio, KidZibits, and Argentine Productions.

TESTIMONY:
“The visitor center is new and beautifully set up to reflect the area. There are a lot of interpretive displays and “hands on” items for young visitors. A nicely done area for videos of the area through the seasons.” –TripAdvisor review

“And the new visitor center….wow! Truly very well done, super engaging, great for all ages…lots of hands on!” –TripAdvisor review

“A short tour of the visitor center is also highly recommended. The place is incredibly well designed, notably for youths, with a vintage looking exhibition explaining the history of the bridge and the area.” –TripAdvisor review

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