Completed in January 2007, The James Environmental Learning Center is the new educational and administrative home for the Highlands Center for Natural History. The 4,250 sq. ft. demonstration facility is completely off-grid. Natural daylight and ventilation strategies combined with a well designed and properly oriented building envelope, allows over 70% of the building’s heating and cooling needs to be supplied passively.
On February 8, 2008, the The James Learning Center became Prescott’s 1st LEED certified building, as well as earning the distinction of becoming Yavapai County’s first LEED-Gold certified project.
The James Learning Center was the recipient of the 2010 AIA SRP Sustainability Award