DOTD rest area receives architectural award
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 11:45:04 AM
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is proud to announce that the Tremont Eastbound Rest Area in Lincoln Parish is the recipient of the Silver Rose Award given by the American Institute of Architects Baton Rouge.

The $1.8 million rest area building, located along I-20, was completed in October 2016 and replaced the previous outdated facility that was neither ADA compliant nor air conditioned.

Motorists are now able to experience a blend of contemporary aesthetics 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.

“This award is a validation that public infrastructure needs to go beyond utility in design,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson. “Everything we build should complement that natural and cultural attributes of where the infrastructure is built.”

The new complex includes fully ADA 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.

Every year, AIABR recognizes members’ exemplary architectural work on buildings and facilities across the state. It is DOTD’s mission to deliver transportation and public works systems that enhance quality of life and facilitate economic growth, which is exemplified by its work to improve its rest area facilities throughout the State.