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Itasca State Park Visitors Center – Park Rapids, MN

The new Visitors Center at Itasca State Park opened in the Fall of 2001. The 14,300 square foot facility serves as the primary information and education center for the park. It provides the visitor with exhibits, educational programs, travel information and amenities, a year-round trail center, and a souvenir shop. The structure reflects the "rustic" style architecture of the existing historic CCC and WPA structures in the park, incorporating heavy timber construction, conventional wood framing, and structural insulated panels. Significant efforts have been made to integrate environmentally sensitive building materials and technologies in the facility with an emphasis on bio-composite building products.