Renderings of FOAL’s Future Wild Horse Interpretive Center
In January of 2006, FOAL purchased 160 acres adjacent to the McCullough Peaks Herd Management Area approximately 26 miles southeast of Cody on the Greybull Highway (Hwy 14/16/20). The FOAL board was excited to consider the potential of the land to accommodate a center for education and viewing the wild horses, an indoor riding arena, and a corral system for the humane training of mustang adoptees. The assistance of professional design services for such a complex was pursued in 2007. Plan One/Architects of Cody was the successful respondent to provide a phased approach to the design. Inberg-Miller Engineers of Powell excavated test pits up to nine feet in depth on the property in the spring of 2008 to determine the suitability of the existing soil structure for supporting the proposed facilities. After receipt of Inberg-Miller Engineers and Plan One/Architects recommendations and preliminary site plans in the May of 2008, various design concepts were generated and entertained by FOAL. After consideration of the expense of building and maintaining the extensive facilities desired, the process continued, focused on a visitor’s center.
In June 2012, a scaled down version of the overall design was readdressed with Plan One/Architects in a design charette. Concepts were refined toward the generation of a conceptual grant package to include a master site plan, floor plan, project schedule and cost estimate. In December of 2012, the FOAL board commented on two very different floor plan schemes presented by Plan One/Architects, who refined the proposed design to the conceptual vision depicted in these photos.