ARDOT Tourist Information Centers
Garver aids ARDOT with new vision for information centers
Garver helped the Arkansas Department of Transportation revitalize interstate rest areas at three locations by designing visually-appealing Tourist Information Centers (TIC) that are durable, energy efficient, functional, and secure for the public. The 4,000 square-foot TICs along Interstates 30 and 40 replaced previous facilities that were more than 50 years old with a visitor center, picnic shelters, and restrooms. Garver first developed prototype TIC designs that could be adapted to each site, and the interiors of the new facilities feature high ceilings to allow for natural light that increases energy efficiency, wall mural maps of the area, and interactive touch screens. The centers now welcome visitors traveling through Arkansas in Prairie, Johnson, Pope, and Hot Springs County.