Land development

Yosemite Environmental Education Campus at Henness Ridge

Yosemite National Park, California

As a subconsultant to the project architect, Provost & Pritchard designed a new educational center at Henness Ridge in Yosemite National Park. Once fully constructed, new facilities will accommodate 224 students and 20 staff, and includes living and non-living space. Living space consists of eight student cabins (for the 224 students), one instructor bunkhouse (for 16 instructors), and a four-unit staff apartment building (for four staff), within 15,518 square feet of space. Non-living space buildings consist of an arrival shelter, dining hall/kitchen, two bathhouses, classroom, staff preparation space and office, maintenance building, and a National Park Service (NPS) fire house on 21,470 square feet of space. Other non-living space includes an outdoor amphitheatre, solar array, water tanks, and parking lot on 45,164 square feet. Developed areas were consolidated during the design process to minimize the campus footprint with the total new campus/fire house footprint, including open space within the campus area, being approximately 16 acres. A complete infrastructure system had to be installed at Henness Ridge including water storage, wastewater treatment, electricity, a solar array, geothermal heat pump, propane tank, and an emergency generator.