Gateway Visitor Center


Client: Matanuska Susitna Borough
Project Type: Regional tourism and community gathering venue
Size:  10,400 SF; 51 acres

Construction Type: Steel and wood frame; curtain wall
Projected Completion: 2018

Wolf Architecture was selected from seven firms to design a long-needed tourism and community center for the South Gateway to the Mat Su Borough.  Having previously co-authored a feasibility and planning report for the facility allowed our team to gather programming determinations and advance design schemes quickly. A spacious and light-filled main interpretive gallery overlooks Pioneer Peak and the front range of the Chugach Mountains. A 100-seat auditorium/classroom and associated wet-lab, a commercial catering/cafe and an indoor/outdoor hearth support both local and distant visitor experiences and understanding for the cultural, natural, recreational and business amenities across the Mat-Su Valley. The Visitor Center will welcome visitors to the Mat-Su Valley, showcase the natural beauty of the area, promote tourism-related and recreation-related economic development, provide interpretive information about the region’s cultural history and natural attractions, and foster stewardship of the Mat-Su Valley’s cultural and natural identity. The facility is designed to LEED silver standards.