Each year over 13,000 students and teachers come to experience and learn from Yosemite National Park through the outdoor science programs offered by NatureBridge. Siegel & Strain Architects designed a seventeen-building residential education center, including dining hall, cabins, bathhouses, classrooms, a fire station and support facilities. The new buildings will wed the latest green design and energy concepts with the site’s inherent attributes to provide an interactive model of sustainability in which program participants can engage firsthand. Projected to be net-zero energy and to save sixty percent over standard water use, the center includes the following strategies and systems: passive house design, gray water collection, photovoltaics, a ground source heat pump system, locally-sourced materials, and biogas harvesting.
The project is seeking LEED Platinum certification.