Outer Banks Visitors’ Center
The Outer Banks Visitors’ Center was completed in 2002 to coincide with completion of the Virginia Dare Bridge connecting Roanoke Island with theNorth Carolina mainland.
More than 5 million people visit the Outer Banks each year, and a large number stop by the Visitors’ Center to pick up brochures, make reservations and learn about things to do during their visit. Self-serve kiosks allow visitors to view information about area attractions and print the results for future use.
The designers of the space wanted it to be visually impressive, but able to withstand the day-to-day use by the public. The materials used in the project helped to make this a reality. Metal laminates from Móz Designs, Inc. were used as accents. The wavy patterns and blue color provided a “beachy” highlight to the project.
The majority of the surfaces were clad in Veneer-Art by Lamin-Art. This product features hand-selected real veneer that is pre-finished and ready to install. Best of all for this project – it has the durability of plastic laminate. The transaction surfaces are a coral stone that was quarried in the Philippines.
“Unique Concepts’ willingness to incorporate a wide variety of materials was a major factor in the success of this project,” says Keith Worley, who was the lead designer on the project for J Davis Architects of Raleigh. “We had a definite vision for the finished product, and working with David and the crew at Unique Concepts helped us realize that vision.”