The International Living Future Institution’s publication, Trim Tab, recently profiled Alabama’s Gulf State Park. The article details the design of the park’s Interpretive Center—the educational welcome center for the 6,150 acre park nestled among dunes on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Alabama-based ArchitectureWorks designed the building, in conjunction with interpretive designers Hersick + Webster, while Sasaki designed the landscape.
Additionally, Sasaki developed the master plan for the park in 2016. The plan, funded by recovery funds from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, laid out comprehensive restoration strategies for the park’s beach as well as significant improvements to the visitor experience. The Interpretive Center educates visitors on principles of sustainability and resiliency, including the science behind the park’s ongoing dune restoration.
The multi-phase master plan also calls for the creation 10 miles of new trails, a Learning Campus, and the rebuilding of a lodge that was destroyed in a 2004 hurricane. Much of the first phase and the trail system is now completed, and the lodge will celebrate its grand opening in early November.
Learn more about this project here.