Blackstone Visitor Center & Pedestrian Bridge

Construction of a new multi-use facility off Route 146 in Worcester, MA to house the Blackstone Gateway Visitor Center and the DCR Regional Headquarters.

Client:   MassDOT
Designer:  designLAB architects
Size:  10,000 SF

Project Features

  • Construction of the new facility including a visitor welcome area, exhibition and instructional space, and office space for DCR.
  • Reclaimed brick lines much of the building’s exterior.
  • Reclaimed wood flooring interior.
  • Solar panels atop the event pavilion installed to provide 75-80% of the center’s energy needs.
  • Steel hopper installed at the rear of the building to burn wood pellets and heat the building.
  • Interactive exhibits highlight the history of the Blackstone River Valley.
  • New truss-style pedestrian bridge over the Middle River, connecting the new Visitor Center to the Blackstone Bike Path.
  • The bridge spans the only place in Worcester where the historic Blackstone Canal is open and visible.

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