The Cusano Environmental Education Center is a visitor education center and interpretative museum that serves as the focal point of the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum.
The facility incorporated the principles of sustainable and integrated design long before the green movement was widely embraced. Interior spaces all have visual connections with the outdoors, artificial lighting is turned off when natural daylight is sufficient, and spaces are heated and cooled by a ground-coupled heat pump system connected via a series of wells to reject and absorb heat from the earth. BBA provided MEP engineering for the award-winning sustainable project.
Other unique energy conservation features are a gray water recycling system and the Marsh Machine Greenhouse, which demonstrates the organic purification characteristics of a marsh by naturally treating the wastewater from the building.