I-75 Welcome Center, Reconstruction

I-75 Welcome Center, Reconstruction

FDOT

    Project Type:

    CM at Risk

    Services Provided:

    Architectural

    Land Development

    Structural Engineering

    Transportation Engineering

Location: Florida

Project Status: Complete 2005

Client Description:

Bentley provided architecture, civil engineering and structural engineering services for the complete re-construction of the I-75 Welcome Center. The facility serves as the gateway to Florida visitors, and welcomes more than 70,000 visitors a month to the State.

Bentley worked with FDOT to develop the design of a new 19,000 square foot Welcome Center on the same site as the existing one it was replacing.  The current Welcome Center was required to remain open during construction. The building has a large lobby with information counter and brochure displays for statewide tourist information, changeable display screens for seasonal or special event advertisement and flat-screen monitor displays. Additional building features are brochure storage and handling area, offices, and public restroom facilities. The primary theme of the building is the contrast of Florida’s historic significance as a tourist destination with the wide range of tourist and recreational opportunities that are now available.

Site improvements for the property included construction of new parking areas, acceleration and deceleration ramps for I-75, wet retention ponds, two miles of sanitary sewer force main and domestic water utilities along I-75 to the City of Jennings. Also included in site improvements was the replacement of the existing retaining abutment at the south bridge overpass to allow for the new I-75 acceleration ramp. Additional facilities included new picnic pavilions, and renovation of the existing storage shed. The existing facilities were demolished when construction of the new facility was complete to allow seamless operation of the facility.

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