Jumping into Eco-Tourism

Alliance Redwoods

Located in the beautiful California redwoods, this conference center is an ideal location for a retreat. Since 1946, hundreds of churches and non–profit organizations – as well as public and private schools – have found this peaceful environment outside of San Francisco to be the perfect way to reconnect with the wonders of nature. We were commissioned with the task of providing a plan to upgrade the entire campus. As is often the case with this type of project, we were asked to provide review and recommendations for infrastructure and building improvements even as the campus continued to operate with no planned shutdown. Improved dining facilities and sleeping quarters went hand in hand with improved handicap accessibility, all under the umbrella of environmentally sustainable design and construction.  We were even able to incorporate a zipline experience as an integral part of very successful – and fun – environmental education program.


  • Client: Alliance Redwoods
  • Location: Occidental, California
  • Date Completed: 2009


  • Designed with a strategy for eventual LEED certification