Arch 585 - Camp Melinda Studio
Architectural Design studio site plan and building proposal for a youth camp in Florence, OR along Cleawox lake just north of the sand dunes at Honeyman Memorial State Park.
Studio work benefitted a nonprofit called the Melinda Foundation located in Florence, OR, and their project requirements called for a camp house, an administration cabin, stables, a recreation center, a main lodge, a boat house, and several large and small cabins.
After a site visit and analysis to get a feel for the terrain and environmental conditions, I laid out curved roadways, parking and meadows along contours, placed buildings for the best year-round indoor/outdoor microclimates and preserved mature stands of Douglasfir, Red Alder and Oregon Oak trees.
Given the site's exposure to coastal winds and rain, I connected most buildings with covered walkways.
Building designs used stone, timber, precast concrete and metal roofing recalling the public park structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and 40s.
I offered two options for the small cabins. Option A followed a locally themed creative style. Base walls used precast concrete modules which were made of local sand and embedded with sea shells, and smooth, colored concrete porch floors. Option B was for a style that more closely followed the Civilian Conservation Corps with stone base walls.