• River Trail Visitor Center

    Northwest River Trail Visitor Center & Services Building

    Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA, 2014

    Interior design services for the NW River Trail Services Building on the shore of the Susquehanna River and the base of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge. Columbia Borough’s Northwest River Trail Services Building was under construction in early 2014 when Chris Dawson Architect was contacted to redesign the interior of the building to make it more inviting, welcoming, and functional. The building will be a centerpiece of Riverfront Park and the Borough’s River District which is a recreational hub for the community. Our design concentrates the support functions (restrooms, warming kitchen/cafe, mechanical rooms, etc.) in the north pavilion thereby creating a multi-use flexible event space in the south pavilion to be used for educational programs, meetings, and receptions. The interior upgrades worked off the building shell with stone perimeter walls, extensive clerestory windows, and wood millwork while opening up views to the Susquehanna River beyond. Our changes made the building within the community’s most treasured resource more functional, allows the borough to generate revenue, and makes the structure visually lighter.

    Built: 2014

    Project architect: Chris Dawson Architect