Gracefully situated at the transition between ecosystems, the new Killens Pond State Park Nature Center hovers over the pond as it emerges from the hardwood forest. Simultaneously lifting spirits and fading into the landscape, it serves a single and determined purpose—keeping nature at the forefront of the experience.

Transparency and openness unite interior spaces with the surrounding landscape, offering wide perspectives of the pond, close inspections of the forest, and opportunities to contemplate the natural forces which dynamically act upon them.

2011 AIA Baltimore Design Award Winner

2010 AIA Delaware Citation Award Winner

2010 USGBC Maryland Wintergreen Sustainability Award Winner

2007 AIA Baltimore Design Award Winner

Featured in the October 2006 issue of Contract Magazine.

“The design is so fitting because it's about nature, not about the building.” – Nature Center Building Committee Member

"The talent within the firm is uniformly excellent. If you are considering an architect to work with you on a challenging project for which you have high expectations, I can tell you without hesitation that you should hire GWWO." – Greg Kindig, retired Architect, Delaware State Parks


  • Exhibits, multipurpose room, laboratory classroom
  • Indoor and outdoor education and gathering areas
  • Visible rainwater recovery and reuse serves as a teaching tool
  • LEED Silver Certified