South Dakota Game Fish & Parks

Outdoor Campus West

Rapid City . SD   |   $12 Million   |   50,000 sq. ft.   |   Completion 2011


Placed on 32 acres of land, the Outdoor Campus houses a discovery and learning center, outdoor learning spaces and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks offices, labs and shops.

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The SDGFP Outdoor Campus was awarded LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council. Utilizing a broad range of credits, the features of the site helped to contribute to the team’s sustainable design solutions, such as geothermal heating and cooling systems, bike/pedestrian access, expanded open space and restored habitat. Interior sustainable design solutions include individual lighting and temperature controls, a wide range of recycled content materials, clear views and extensive use of daylight and water efficient fixtures. Both the Owner and Design Team focused on conservation tie-ins with material recycling, use of regional materials and land conservation as a starting point for the LEED strategy.

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The Outdoor Campus’ mission is to provide education about outdoor skills, wildlife, conservation and management practices of the SDGFP. The ARC International Design Team created a plan that expresses the values and vision of the SDGFP through a functional design that greatly enhances their work as they strive to fulfill their mission.