Wakan Tipi Center
Thanks to Lower Phalen Creek Project staff, Board, volunteers, and supports we were able to receive $3 million in bonding funds from the State of Minnesota for Wakan Tipi Center. We could not do our work with the generosity of so many individuals and partners. Their work has created a historical legacy of environmental and cultural stewardship that continues to this day. Previous events and projects include;
Wakan Tipi day at the capitol
The United States Green Building Council-Minnesota Natural Talent Design Competition provides an applied learning experience in the principles of integrated design, sustainability, innovation and social consciousness. The purpose of the competition is to empower current students and young professionals to become leaders within the green building movement and to help facilitate a green building collaboration between aspiring architects and designers with the USGBC-Minnesota Chapter as well as the professional community. All participants benefit greatly from this competition as they will gain valuable project experience and recognition within the design and construction industry.
The 2015 project was to design the Wakan Tipi Center, the visitor and interpretive center at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. Teams will not only needed to create an environmentally efficient design and resourceful layout, but also address the history of the site as well as community engagement issues.
The following images are a summary of each of the eight entries. The overall winner of the design competition is first, followed by the two runner up winners. The design schemes and details will help inform the development of Wakan Tipi Center. The Lower Phalen Creek Project Board of Directors greatly appreciates the opportunity to partner with USGBC as well as each of the participants.