ABMB was privileged to assist the Corps in telling the story of the waterway and their role in its development in an educational and entertaining fashion. Because this scope required a diversity of disciplines, ABMB assembled a team of architects, surveyors, mechanical and electrical engineers, and sanitary sewer, structural and civil engineers. The Project Visitor Center at Grand Ecore is located near Natchitoches, LA, and is designed to evoke the early 19th century architecture of the area. ABMB was involved in every aspect of the project’s development, from the Feature Design Memorandum and development of plans and specifications, to permitting and construction support. The completed project has been a success, demonstrated weekly by the smiles of visiting school children looking at the head of a prehistoric whale excavated from the banks of the Red River.
ABMB played a similar role in the development of the Regional Visitor Center located along the riverfront in Shreveport. Over 9,000 square feet, the facility is considerably larger than Grand Ecore, and its architecture is meant to remind one of a river vessel, while complementing the modern SciPort Children’s Museum next door.
ABMB completed the plans and specifications for the construction of the Shreveport and Grand Ecore visitor centers which cost $3,000,000 and $2,500,000, respectively.