Constructed in 2001 and located on Independence Mall, the Independence Visitor Center (IVC) welcomes tourists and history buffs alike as they begin their immersion into the city’s storied past.
Over the years the IVC has expanded its resources and volume of displayable information. A recent building analysis by local digital agency Bluecadet sparked a desire for IVC to reinvent itself, with the dual goals of creating a more memorable visitor experience and improving operational functionality.
Reorganization of space and key program elements such as the information desk, ticketing, gift shop, café and restrooms are among the improvements, as are signage and wayfinding devices. The IVC also opted for the installatioin of new media walls and interactive displays to engage visitors and improve circulation throughout the center.
BBA designed the electrical system for the new interactive displays and provided mechanical design for the National Park Service/IVC information center, offices, expanded gift shop and theater. Plumbing and electrical connections were designed for a relocated café, and full services were required for restroom additions. LEED documentation to renew and improve the building’s existing O&M certification was also completed by BBA.