MDTA I-95 Travel Plazas

Offering Unmatched Amenities for Travelers
[The facilities] exemplify Maryland's leadership in water conservation and management and offers national brands, state-of-the-art facilities, convenient access and essential services, all within an environmentally sensitive design.
Xavier Rabell, CEO, Areas USA
Location: 
Aberdeen and Northeast, Maryland
Client: 
Areas USA MDTP, LLC
Architect: 
Contract Value: 
$46,000,000
Size: 
72,400 Square Feet
Year Completed: 
2014
Certification: 
LEED Silver
Sector: 

Clark demolished and reconstructed two of the busiest travel plazas on Interstate 95: Maryland House and Chesapeake House. Construction work was phased so that one plaza was open to drivers travelling along I-95 in northeastern Maryland.

Through an innovative Public-Private Partnership (P3) with the MDTA, Areas USA invested approximately $56 million to redesign and rebuild the Chesapeake House and Maryland House travel plazas on the JFK Memorial Highway (I-95) in northeastern Maryland. The two travel plazas are among the busiest in the country, serving more than five million customers each year.

The new Maryland House, a 42,000-square-foot, gable-roofed and glass-enclosed structure, features nine food vendors, a tourist information center, larger bathrooms and several shops. A new Sunoco gas station on the property includes more than 40 fueling outlets with state-of-the-art pumps that speed up the fueling process.

The new 30,000 square-foot Chesapeake House was built adjacent to the existing facility. The facility features 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.

In addition to a new Sunoco "high-speed" fueling station, the Chesapeake House includes a large convenience store and several food retailers. It also has new restrooms and other modern features such as free wireless Internet.

Clark's scope of work also included paving both sites, as well as performing extensive site utility work, including renovating existing remote water towers and installing new water pumping stations.

The MDTA I-95 Travel Plaza project anticipates earning LEED Silver certification.

Awards: 
AIA Maryland Excellence in Design Award

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