Once inside, visitors were thrilled with the spacious exhibit area, shown below:
The building incorporated many green features - siting the building for maximum natural light, specially coated window glass to conserve energy, with windows tilted inward from top to bottom to prevent bird strikes, motion sensors on lighting and plumbing, solar panels on carport and office roof are just a few examples - and later earned Silver Level Leed certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
The new Multi-purpose Meeting Room offered comfortable seating for up to 100, along with high-tech audio/visual equipment for presentations.
Books and nature-themed gifts were now available to visitors for purchase in the new Friends of Hagerman Nature Nook.
Visitors had ready access to literature about the Refuge and to information and help from volunteers in the Nature Nook or in the Refuge Office.
And finally, there was cake for all!
|Refuge Office and Visitor Center, 2011, by Ken Day|