Clark Rebuilding Maryland's I-95 Travel Plazas

December 28, 2012

NORTHEAST, Md. – Areas USA MDTP, LLC, has awarded Clark Construction a $42 million contract for the MDTA I-95 Travel Plazas project.  Under this contract, Clark will demolish and reconstruct two of the busiest travel plazas on Interstate 95: Maryland House and Chesapeake House. The work will be phased so that one plaza is always open to drivers travelling along I-95 in northeastern Maryland.

Earlier this fall, Maryland House was closed and demolished. In its place, the project team is building a 42,400 square-foot facility with a curtain wall and masonry façade and two pitched standing seam metal roofs with clerestory windows at their peak. The new travel plaza will be complete in December 2013.

Construction efforts at the Chesapeake House travel plaza will begin in February 2013. The new 30,000 square-foot travel plaza will be built adjacent to the existing facility, which will remain open to travelers during construction. The existing travel plaza will close and be demolished after the new Maryland House opens to the public. The reconstructed Chesapeake House will feature a curved curtain wall and wood rainscreen façade as well as clerestory windows set on a radius above the main dining area and a suspended wood slat ceiling that curves in multiple directions. The new Chesapeake House will be complete in June 2014.

The project team also will pave both sites, as well as perform extensive site utility work, including renovating existing remote water towers and installing new water pumping stations.

The MDTA I-95 Travel Plaza project is designed to achieve LEED® Silver certification.

Ayers Saint Gross of Washington, D.C., is the project architect. Additional project partners include Cagley & Associates, Rockville, Md., structural engineer; Whitney Bailey Cox & Magnani, LLC, Baltimore, civil engineer; Burdette, Koehler, Murphy & Associates, Inc., Baltimore, Md., MEP engineer; The Lighting Practice, Philadelphia, lighting designer; and Aria Environmental, Inc., Woodbine, Md., hazardous abatement subcontractor.