More than a Museum

Turtle Bay Museum and Visitor Center

We play well with other architects – including high profile ones such as Peter Bohlin – and we think our track record speaks for itself. We enjoy a collaboration where a free exchange of ideas results in a better project for the client, and maybe even where each architect learns a little something from the other. Trilogy acted as the local associate firm under Bohlin Cywinski Jackson on the Turtle Bay Museum and Visitors’ Center in Redding, California.  This  $25 million award-winning centerpiece to the Turtle Bay Exploration Park opened its doors to the community in 2000.  Here’s what BCJ says about this project:

Turtle Bay Exploration Park is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to education and interpretation of the environmental, historical and cultural components of the Sacramento River watershed. The 8000 square foot Turtle Bay Visitor Center marks the south entry of a 300-acre site in Redding, California. The careful siting of the building between the parking area and an existing boardwalk allows the building to serve as a gateway to the park. From the interior, the largely transparent pavilion allows expansive views to a natural wetland and riparian forest beyond. The Visitor Center employed a number of sustainable building strategies including a straw bale wall that wraps around the classroom wing.

-an excerpt from Bohlin Cywinski Jackson –

Over the past fifteen years we have stayed involved as this important community asset has evolved. That includes relocating the museum entrance and café as well as our design for a new LEED certified hotel to support museum operations.

Turtle Bay stands as yet another example of our commitment both to our community and sustainable design.


  • Client: Turtle Bay Exploration Park
  • Size: 42,600 square feet
  • Cost: $25 million
  • Location: Redding, California
  • Date Completed: 2002