National Park Service – Scotts Bluff National Monument

Scotts Bluff, a stone formation that rises 800 ft. above the North Platte River in Nebraska, has long served as a landmark for travelers — from Native Americans to pioneers on the famed Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails to people today. Located inside the 3,000-acre Scotts Bluff National Monument park, the historic Oregon Trail Museum and Visitor Center, comprising several structures built in phases from 1935 – 1949, needed renovation and system upgrades.

360 Engineering designed new mechanical and plumbing systems for the main visitor center and an addition to the building. To preserve the facility’s original design intent, the existing in-wall ducts and grills were incorporated into a new, energy-efficient VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow) HVAC system with energy recovery ventilation.

Additionally, a basic fire protection analysis was conducted by 360 Engineering to determine the required flow for a full building sprinkler system compared to the available capacity of the existing on-site water storage tank. Through this analysis, 360 Engineering was able to confirm a new fire pump was not required in order to provide sprinkler coverage to the building. 360 Engineering also sized and laid out the fire protection mains throughout the building based on NFPA standards.


Gering, Nebraska


National Park Service


Anderson Hallas Architects, PC, and Mundus Bishop