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Straight River Rest Area: Recipient of AIA Minnesota’s Honor Awards

Owatonna, MN

Completed: 2017

Located between the fields of southern Minnesota and the I-35 corridor, the Straight River Rest area in Owatonna, Minnesota, lets visitors inhabit an elevated terrace, offering panoramic views and reflections of the wooded river valley beyond. The architect wanted to play with the duality of a modern aesthetic and the surrounding natural forest area, drawing on Wausau Made’s contemporary site furnishings, along with Tectura Designs’ pavers and custom precast concrete and wood site furnishings, to elevate the project in a progressive style and create a refuge for travelers.


  • Snow Kreilich Architects
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation


  • 2017 AIA MN Honor Awards