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Sustainable (Green) Building

Camp Arroyo Environmental Education Center

Recognized as one of the Top 10 Green Projects of 2002 by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment

Camp Arroyo bath house

Photo: Features the bath house facility at Camp
Arroyo. This is structure is made of stabilized earth.
Photo Taken By: Kristen McDonald
(Click on photo for full size picture)

Location: Arroyo Del Valle, Livermore, CA
Type of building: Educational Facility
Size (Sq. ft.): 20,000
New construction
Date completed: July 2001
Cost: $6.5 million, the CIWMB provided $192,000 to incorporate sustainable materials
Owner: Taylor Family Foundation, East Bay Regional Park District and the Alameda County Office of Education
Designed By: Siegel & Strain Architects,

Sustainable Building Strategies:

This 200-person residential youth camp facility demonstrates state-of-the-art sustainable design principles. Construction of Camp Arroyo began in September of 1999 with the on-site demolition and recycling of the old foundations. The design incorporates energy efficient design including use of solar energy for water and space heating; durable, resource efficient and recycled-content building materials including straw bale, stabilized earth, sustainably harvested wood, recycled plastic toilet partitions, recycled glass tiles and countertops, recycled newspaper insulation, and wheat straw wall paneling; water conservation measures and on-site alternative wastewater treatment.

Information Contact:
Elaine Taylor, Founder and President
June Johnstone, Executive Director
Camp Arroyo
5555 Arroyo Road
Livermore, California 94550
Phone (925) 455-5118 / Fax (925) 455-5008

Web Sites: Siegel & Strain Architects

Last updated: August 22, 2014
Green Building
Greg Dick:  (916) 341-6489