Kinzua Bridge Visitor Center

Mt Jewett, PA

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 and the client to plan, design, fabricate, and install an integrated program of interactive exhibits, integrated media, tactile activities, and bold designs that cover about 2,000 square feet. Two levels of exhibit galleries, complemented by a series of exterior waysides, tell the stories of the site’s cultural and natural history.

Outcome

The exhibits are a highlight of the park’s new visitor center and park office complex, supporting interpretive and educational programming, and encouraging visitors to explore the park. The center and its award-winning exhibits continue to receive rave reviews.
“I am writing to you with deep appreciation! My best friend and I recently visited Kinzua Bridge State Park. Beyond the beauty of the park and bridge themselves, I wanted to acknowledge the excellence of the historical exhibit! It was incredibly well designed, informative, and engaging. It really blew me away! Massive props to whoever put that together…”
— Park Visitor, July 2018