Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, California, USAWhat is the LEED Certification?
Built by the design of the architectural company Ward-Young Architects & Planning, Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is a governmental building, opened to the public in September 2008. The Center is located near the entrance of Lassen Volcanic National Park. The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center gets its name from the Mountain Maidy word of Lassen Park, which means “Snow Mountain”.
The main contractor of the building, Slayden Construction, made every effort to match the original design and create a building, in accordance with the peculiarities of the Alpine climate and the native eco-system. The famous Visitor Center is considered as “the most sustainable building in the Lassen Volcanic National Park System” and was awarded with LEED Platinum certification. The site is famous for beautiful mountain lakes, volcanoes and wild flowers. The center organizes interactive exhibits, displays and tours for visitors who want to get acquainted with the unique nature of the site, to learn about the origins of the Park and see all four types of volcanoes in the Park. Only local materials were used during the construction. On the green roof of the energy-saving building also solar panels were installed for electricity supply.
By Astghik Atabekyan, www.building.am