The Bernheim Forest Visitors Center was conceived as a wood structure and a LEED building candidate. Recycled fir and cypress lumber from pickle vats were donated by Hines to make the interior siding and trim. Marvin windows and doors were made from FSC certified lumber. Over 14 species of native lumber were used on the interior wall paneling along with various species of lumber reclaimed from a demolished Jim Beam barrelhouse. This building was the first Platinum LEED building in Kentucky.