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Tremont Eastbound Rest Area | Architectural/Engineering Projects

This facility was developed to provide safe respite for motorists and tourists traveling along Interstate 20. The design blends a contemporary aesthetic with the architectural traditions of the region and the natural terrain of the site. Clean lines and modern detailing contrast with the historic dogtrot form and agricultural construction materials.

The layout of the rest area follows the natural flow of the existing landscape. The rectilinear design of the central building provides a contrast to the flowing lines established by the drives, walking paths, boardwalks, parking areas and dry creek/landscape installations.

The previous facility was demolished because it was neither ADA compliant nor air conditioned, was severely outdated, and lacked any meaningful connection to the site or regional aesthetic. The new complex includes fully compliant and conditioned restrooms, a security office, a vending area, a large deck overlooking the site, numerous picnic pavilions, over 1/2 mile of walkways and elevated boardwalks, and lush landscaping for the enjoyment of the traveling public. The site also includes 3 1/2 acres of pollinator habitat as part of a Federal Highway Administration program to protect pollinator migratory routes across the US.

This facility is the latest rest area to be constructed along the heavily traveled I-20 corridor. The owner’s mission to deliver transportation and public works systems that enhance quality of life and facilitate economic growth is exemplified by its work to improve its rest area facilities throughout the State.

Start Date: January 2015
Substantial Completion Date: October 2016
Construction Cost: $11,600,000