The final phase of Mammoth Cave National Park’s multimillion-dollar visitors center will be revealed Tuesday in an open house from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“This has been a very green rehabilitation project,” said Steve Kovar, park facility manager who oversaw the project, in a news release. “Practically everything from the old building – bricks, concrete, wiring – was recycled, and the footprint of the new visitor center is virtually the same as the old one. The result is amazing.”
Phase 1 was completed in 2010 at a cost of $6.1 million, paid for with fees from the park. Phase II, which began in 2010, cost $10.4 million and was paid for with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The project was completed following Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards, with nearly everything from the old visitors center being recycled. It is expected to qualify for the gold-level certification.
Light refreshments will be provided by Eastern National, a nonprofit association that sells educational material within the visitor center.