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Old Faithful Haynes Photo Shop earns LEED gold certification

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BOZEMAN – A first for Yellowstone National Park and a rare designation for a historic building, the Yellowstone Park Foundation announced June 2 that the 87-year-old Old Faithful Haynes Photo Shop earned LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“Yellowstone National Park is often at the forefront of the sustainable movement – from recycling gas cylinders to the use of soy biodiesel in the park’s vehicles – and this project is an extension of that commitment,” said Dan Wenk, Supt. of Yellowstone National Park.
The shop’s construction began in September 2012, and was completed for the grand opening on June 21, 2013. YPF and the park funded the restoration at a cost of $2.1 million.

The project received 75 out of 76 attempted points in seven LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification areas: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation in design, and regional priority credits.
Some of the innovative elements included in the restoration are reuse of the original building structure, windows and exterior materials; salvaged and recycled materials sourced from regional manufacturers; energy-efficient lights activated by occupancy sensors throughout the building; and reductions in light pollution.
“This project presented special challenges because we not only had to modernize the building, but maintain its historic integrity,” said Lesley Gilmore, Director of Historic Preservation Services for CTA Architects Engineers. Bozeman-based CTA provided architectural and engineering services for the project.

Built in 1927 and located in the Old Faithful area of Yellowstone, the structure once housed one of F. Jay Haynes photo shops. Haynes was the first photo concessionaire in the park.

“Today it is a showcase for creative exhibits, videos, vintage photographs, displays that highlight exciting projects supported by YPF, and original Haynes memorabilia that date from around 1900,” said YPF President Karen Bates Kress.

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