ETSU Fossil Center & Natural History Museum

Grey, Tennessee

BullockSmith, in joint venture with Vaughn & Melton, designed this Natural History Museum. Excavations for a road project unearthed 4.5 million year-old fossil material on a five-acre site. In light of the find’s significance, the state of Tennessee and East Tennessee State University built this 34,000 SF interpretive center, where excavation and study will take place for many years. At the entrance, an irregular grouping of brick-clad “fragments” evokes a dynamic geological metaphor. The entry level includes a permanent interpretive exhibit, temporary exhibit space, meeting room, and a gift shop. The upper level houses offices, lab and workrooms where the public can see work underway through interior windows, and outdoor balconies overlooking the ongoing excavations.

Services Provided
  • Full Architectural Services
  • Masonry Institute of Tennessee Excellence Award
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