VERMONT TRAVELLERS SERVICE CENTER
- 2016—AGC Best Builders – Award for Sustainable, Public/Private Construction
- Photographer: Gary Hall Photography
Thanks to a new public-private partnership, Vermont has its first 24-hour rest area and service center adjacent to Interstate 89. Vermont Traveler’s Service Center is a 9000 SF facility located on a 6-acre parcel in Berlin, Vermont.
The building honors Vermont’s rural culture, taking cues from its agrarian setting. It is an inclusive hub for gas, diesel, electric car charging stations, a convenience store, a State liquor outlet, a deli as well as a Visitor’s Center that provides tourism information and promotes Vermont sites of interest. It has interactive maps, brochures and plenty of Vermont staples. The design is a modern interpretation of the Vermont vernacular barn with sloped roofs and natural wood cladding on the outside similar to nearby agricultural buildings. The main interior is an uninterrupted volume. The exposed structural framework is reminiscent of many historic barns – it appears as a single large central space with sheds on both eave sides.