Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center
A dynamic response to landscape and history, providing visitors with a fresh, progressive introduction to Wyoming.
26,500 SF, 27 Acres
2015 Honor Award, Design Excellence American Institute of Architects, Colorado Chapter
2013 Honor Award, American Institute of Architects, Denver Chapter
2013 Award of Citation, American Institute of Architects, Western Mountain Region
Wyoming Tourism and Travel
The Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center is not your typical Visitor’s Center. Replacing an existing 20-year-old facility along the I-25 interstate between Colorado and Wyoming, the new Center demonstrates how a seamless approach to landscape, architecture, sustainability, and exhibition design can maximize a project’s potentials while minimizing environmental impacts, creating an engaging experience for visitors and employees alike.
Designed to be experienced on multiple scales, the building is first encountered in a wide-angle panorama as one approaches by car. Nestled within a site surrounded by substantial wetlands with native plantings that collect stormwater run-off, mannered landforms and trees provide a buffer between the building and highway while protecting the building’s localized microclimate from severe winds and snowdrifts. Once parked outside the Center, visitors are welcomed by pedestrian-scaled features including stone slabs embedded within grass leading to the entry, a rammed-earth façade, and a network of trails and outdoor pavilions that form an environmental learning landscape, connecting visitors with the ecology of Wyoming.
Inside the building, a light-filled interactive and interpretive setting welcomes guests with coffee, multi-generational exhibits designed with museum-like intent and quality, and restful spaces animated by expansive views. Rich in experience and design details, a review from a recent visitor on trip advisor recounts, “This is the best welcome center of all 50—and I have been to them all.”