Escalante Heritage Center Master Plan and Feasibility Study and Phase One Design
Landmark Design led a team of architects, engineers, interpretive specialists and illustrators in the planning and design of the Escalante Heritage Center (EHC). Working closely with the EHC Board of Trustees and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), the Escalante Heritage Center Master Plan and Feasibility Study was prepared for a nine-acre site that abuts Scenic Byway 12, Utah’s first and only All-American Road. The purpose of the center is to interpret the role of creative transportation solutions played in the settlement of the rugged landscape, including the famous Hole-In-The-Rock expedition story.
The Master Plan and Feasibility Study (1) identifies the purpose of the project; (2) analyzes existing conditions; (3) outlines the interpretive concept of the EHC; (4) presents the preferred Site Development Concept for the center; (5) analyzes costs and phases of development; (6) establishes environmental requirements for development and (7) concludes with an Operation and Maintenance Plan. The plan was completed in May 2008.
Landmark Design and the original master plan team were soon after contracted by Garfield County and UDOT to develop Phase One Design drawings for the Escalante Heritage Center. The project merged the vision and ideas contained in the master plan with the design of the site, incorporating a new entrance road, a parking area and bus parking/turnaround, a public restroom and pavilion, a mural wall depicting the Hole-in the-Rock story, play spaces for children, interpretive signs, exhibits and demonstration areas, a fire pit; walking paths and plazas, water-wise landscape areas and irrigation systems, a drinking fountain, site furnishings and utilities (water, septic, waste and electrical systems; service line connections.
The center has proven to be a popular place for visitors from near and far, with future phases anticipated to include a visitor’s center, interpretive story walks and areas for demonstrating the pioneer lifestyle.