Mendenhall Glacier is located just south of Juneau, Alaska, and spans an impressive 13.6 miles. The primary objective of this project was to reduce energy, water, waste, and pollution at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, which receives more than 500,000 visitors annually and is the most frequently visited Forest Service facility in the country.

This project represents one of many projects DJ&A has completed under its full-service, prime, A/E IDIQ contract for Region 10 of the US Forest Service.

There were two primary components for this project. The first component consisted of developing plans, specifications, and estimates (PS&E) for implementing recommended energy conservation measures. These upgrades included the replacement of the heating and cooling systems in the building, as well as ventilation, lighting, and envelope improvements. The second component consisted of guiding the Visitors Center towards LEED certification under the Existing Building Operations & Maintenance (LEED EBOM) program.

Key Services

  • Designed elevator replacement
  • Prepared construction documents for Energy Conservation Measures
  • Conducted preliminary assessment for LEED Certification
  • Guided the facility towards LEED certification under LEED v4 EBOM

Value Added

This building is on track to become the first U.S. Forest Service facility to be certified under LEED EBOM.