The Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center auditorium is open!
154-seat, 3,600-square-foot auditorium was filled to capacity for its first public event on April 16, 2011—a talk by
world-renowned bear biologist, Dr. Stephen Herrero. The new space serves as the launching point
for a multitude of experiences through an interpretive film as well as public and private
evening programs, reinforcing visitor center exhibits and introducing wild Teton moments
most people will never personally see. A large window, hidden behind a theatrical curtain and
a retractable projection screen, reveals the spectacular Teton Range at the conclusion of
the regularly scheduled film. During a lecture or conference, the window provides a
scenic backdrop for the speaker.
As Jackson Hole’s first high-definition theater, the facility offers tremendous
flexibility through its projection, lighting, and surround-sound system.
The venue also accommodates a variety of presentation formats, including
digital film and slide shows, and a caption system will assist hearing-impaired
visitors. Recycled, sustainable, and energy-efficient materials continued to be
a priority for this final phase of the project.
Peter Bohlin of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson led the same team that brought the
first phase of the visitor center to life. In December 2009, Bohlin was awarded
the 2010 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the profession’s
highest honor an individual can receive, and joined other visionaries such as Thomas
Jefferson, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Frank Gehry in architectural history.
Raass Brother, Inc., along with co-contractor R&O Construction built the auditorium.
The $3.2 million privately funded addition completes the visitor facility.