|Award Winner: Small Project – Innovative Management|
|New Kent Area Safety and Information Center
New Kent County, VA
“The new facility is beautiful. My husband is handicapped and we were greeted by staff who assisted him. The LEEDS program brochures and video are great to see. Keep it up!”
Completed in 2007, the rest area along westbound Interstate 64 in Virginia is the first state-owned facility to obtain a Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The $5 million, 9,000-square-foot building uses 42% less energy than a standard building of its size, is estimated to save more than 1 million gallons of water a year by using low-flow urinals and faucets, and was constructed using 20% recycled building materials. Amenities for travelers include additional restrooms, easier accessibility for handicapped people, traveler information kiosks, and new play areas for children and pets.