According to the 2005 U.S. Census, the average American spends more than 100 hours commuting to and from work each year. This number exceeds the amount of vacation time an average worker is allowed to take per year.

These long hours spent commuting, whether it is driving, taking the train, or even walking to and from work, has started to change the way that Americans look at their daily travels. Responding to these changing needs, Creative Design Resolutions, Inc. (CDR) designs interactive and innovative highway and transportation infrastructure and amenities.

Led by internationally renowned sculptor, Steven Weitzman, CDR has become a pioneer in context sensitive design for roadway, transportation and urban environment projects. CDR enhances infrastructure development by using site-specific and cost effective approaches that consider the surrounding architecture, philosophy, history, aesthetics, natural environment, needs, values and visions of the community.

CDRs strong aesthetic approach to traditionally neglected monumental surfaces is transforming the future of transportation across America. For Maryland 216, CDR worked with architects, engineers, city planners, citizens and municipal representatives to reintroduce the natural environment that was being obscured by a three-mile interstate highway expansion. Modular site-specific panels highlight Marylands indigenous flora and fauna which creates a mile-long gateway into Laurel from Howard County. The aesthetic treatments for these sound barriers arose out of a desire to create a better commuter experience and to create an environment that could be enjoyed by all.

Using context sensitive design principles, CDR completed 30 colorful terrazzo murals, which were integrated last year into two miles of sidewalk in Largo, Maryland. Iconographic symbols of Maryland as well as notable historic figures are integrated into the sidewalk. As commuters move between the stations, they view the colorful terrazzo murals and read historical information and quotes that spiral out from each icon. Integrating these types of connections and links expands the publics experience by creating an interactive environment that generates a conversation between the space and the visitor.

By listening to the community's needs and wants, CDR builds aesthetic sites that improve the quality of life for commuters and residents. CDR is changing the way people travel to and from work and is making those 100 hours spent commuting easier for all. CDR is currently working on a variety of projects from terrazzo facades to innovative fountains, in Florida, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland and Oklahoma. CDRs new and modern canvases include any infrastructure from park playgrounds to the highways of America.

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