When awarded this commission, we were presented with the challenge of creating a building that would not only serve as the headquarters of the Forestry Association and Foundation, but also as an educational institution for the entire populous of Georgia. This project, totally funded by its members and private corporate donations, stands as a resource for children and adults alike to inform those interested in the practice of forestry and the conservation of our natural resources.
The building is comprised of office and conference space, a resource library, a reception/exhibit space conveying the history of forestry in our state and a large conference room with adjacent deck area. Site planning included nature trails for educational usage and lighted foliage entry drive.
The facility is comprised of several species of native material found here in Georgia that further serves as an example of the endless possibilities of wood in today’s construction industry.
This project also won the AIA Middle Georgia Design Award in 2003.