Grundy County Welcome Center "The Mill"
The "Mill," aka Grundy County Welcome Center was completed in two phases. The original project, initiated in 2003 with Steve Trost as the lead architect created a place to welcome visitors to Grundy County, with food, fuel and other merchandise.
The second phase was completed in 2016, with Larry Kurtz as the lead architect. Playing on it's location of "Holland," IA, the new windmill tower consisted of eight heavy wood laminated timbers to resemble the mills of the Netherlands, which served as it's inspiration.
In addition, the building was further developed with a new gift shop, expanded upgraded bathrooms, trucking showers and privacy features for the women's restrooms.
Fast, easy access from the highway make the "Mill" a pleasant stopping place for visitors and truckers.
Most interesting and fun element of this project, as well as the Architect's favorite aspect:
The mills of the European Holland (example to the right) served as inspiration to the owners. It displays the "playful" side of the citizens of Grundy County, as well as creating a distinctive and unique sight-seeing element to visitors.
Location: Holland, Iowa
Phase 1: 2004
Phase 2: 2016
Phase 1: Steve Trost
Phase 2: Larry Kurtz
Grundy Center Heritage Center, LLC
Consultants: Bishop Engineering
Phase 1: Nelscott Construction
Phase 2: Peters Construction Corp.
Howard Doughty and Andrew Bell