Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Kuyper Dining Pavilion720 Sheridan Avenue
Cody, WY 82414
Design Achievement - Opening its doors to the public in 1927 in a log cabin in downtown Cody, Wyoming, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has become the preeminent museum dedicated to the American Western experience. The Kuyper Dining Pavilion is the first step in a multi-phase improvement plan to modernize the museum and meet growth demands. The new dining areas reduce overcrowding and facilitate foot traffic flow. DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky’s design integrates the new pavilion with the museum’s rugged landscape and scenic gardens. The pavilion accommodates up to 200 patrons and can be partitioned for multiple, simultaneous events. An additional 100 guests can utilize the outdoor seating area. The harsh western climate makes temperature control a design challenge. Building orientation, strategic window placement and extended overhangs shelter visitors from the hot summer sun and allow for an open garden experience. Energy efficient, high-performance glass systems, walls and roof protect patrons from extreme winds and near sub-zero winter temperatures.
Scope Summary - The project included 4,500 SF of new construction. Construction was completed in phases with core and shell work followed by interior fit out, ensuring minimal disruption to the museum’s ongoing operations. This project represents the first in a number of master plan design enhancements developed by the firm including: the evaluation of traffic flow, renovated grand entry lobby, new restroom core, renovated cafe, and new $1.5 million, entry facade and plaza. DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky provided master planning, architecture, engineering, and audiovisual services.
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