Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center

  • $11.8M
  • 26,500 SF
  • 2012


2015 Honor Award, Design Excellence
American Institute of Architects Colorado
2013 Honor Award
American Institute of Architects Denver
2013 Award of Citation
American Institute of Architects Western Mountain Region

The new Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center replaces an existing 20-year old facility that is outgrown and difficult to access given its proximity along the western side of the interstate. The project explores the relationship of building and landscape to structure a sequence of experiences that occur at various scales – from the drive along I-25 which offers a presentation of the entire site, to the transformation of the site as one enters and transitions to pedestrian.

Mannered landforms and tree lines structure a variety of outdoor environments while acting as shelterbelts against the severe Wyoming winds and snowdrifts. These site features structure the foreground and backdrop for a visually animated building that focuses visitors back out into the immediate and distant landscapes. The design proposition also includes the development of a wetlands environment that captures Interstate 25 storm water runoff. The wetland is lined with native Wyoming plant life and serves as an outdoor environmental learning landscape, with trails and site structures promoting visitor interaction with the ecology of Wyoming.

The building creates an interactive workplace for the Travel and Tourism employees through the manipulation of natural light, ventilation and floor topography. As an interactive and interpretive setting, the new Welcome Center provides visitors with a fresh and progressive introduction to the State of Wyoming.

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3198 Speer Boulevard
Denver Colorado 80211

303 294 9448
fax 303 294 0762