Lake Shelbyville Visitor’s Center

(Shelbyville, IL)

KB sought to create a one of a kind experience for visitors to the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center, with scenic views of the 11,000 acre Lake Shelbyville reservoir. Design of the exterior was inspired the the period train stations of the Midwest. There is an active train trestle bridge in view of the Visitor’s Center. KB also consolidated a project office for the Corps of Engineers. The main level of the building is a reception area and Grand Lobby.

Design efforts were performed in tandem with A/E partner Ross & Baruzzini, who led the Site Investigation and developed the LEED® Target Plan to implement in construction efforts. KB and our project management staff worked closely with the Corps of Engineers, A/E, and the building end user to pay homage to the surrounding Midwestern terrain in the final product.

The Grand Lobby allows access to the Exhibit Room, display area, a small meeting room, the large auditorium, and the remaining functional spaces.  The second level of the structure accommodates the office functions of the local staff including private offices, an open office layout, break room and patio, and a conference room.  Additionally, the building is situated on the site to allow expansive views of the lake from an exterior patio and outdoor classroom.  KB achieved LEED® Silver for the design of this unique facility that is frequented by thousands of visitors every year.