PLAN SNEAK PEEK
began working on our Master Plan, we recognized the need for a
strategic professional partner. We had begun research on staff
housing individually but realized we needed to pause that in order
to have a holistic, well-integrated campus master plan. We sought
competitive bids from different architecture companies ultimately
leading us to sign a contract with PlanNorth Architects, out of
Brenham, TX, in January 2020.
our initial on-campus meeting, PlanNorth collected, digitized,
and studied LOMT/Camp Lone Star’s historical documents,
met with the vision leadership team, and toured the entire
campus. Based on all that information, they compiled a boundary
survey of the entire property with topography and presented
our organizational timeline. We were impressed by their attention
to detail and desire learn all the context and history behind
LOMT/Camp Lone Star.
PlanNorth team studied several options for the framework of future
expansion/facility renovations. The team consulted closely with
the CLS Staff/Board members via multiple on- site visits and conference
calls. After discussing the pros and cons of more than a dozen
options, they narrowed the options down to five options vetted
for feasibility. All options included:
2- lake restorations
3- front door of camp safety elements
4- expanded dining capabilities
5- renovations/improvements for adult housing
the final recommendations by the Architectural Team is as follows:
Construct a New Youth/Child Camper Dining Hall/Welcome Center:
located near the Selah House:
i. Serves to separate adult and child/youth campers for
safety and security as well as keep proximity to Base
ii. Current Youth Dining Hall capacity: 120 seats.
New Youth Dining Hall Dining capacity: 284 seats
Adult Retreat Center Upgrades: Exterior & Interior
Renovations, an Energy Upgrade, Egress Improvements and
Accessible Routes/Parking are recommended for the Adult
Retreat Center in its current location. Laundry facilities
would be relocated to the renovation Adult Retreat Center.
i. Also note the concept drawing showing some ideas for
exterior changes to the existing building which would
be implemented alongside the energy upgrade and interior
Separate routes of travel for campers/guests staying in
the Base Camp area versus Retreat Center. “Front
Door” elements such as signage will support these
Retreat Center Upgrades: Exterior & Interior Renovations,
an Energy Upgrade, Egress Improvements and Accessible Routes/Parking
are recommended for the Adult Retreat Center in its current location.
Laundry facilities would be relocated to the renovation Adult
Note about River Property:
PlanNorth looks heavily at the possibility of developing the
River Property, which was acquired in 1992. However, at this
time, the amount of capital it would require just to get full
utilities out there makes this a costly endeavor and a lower
priority. Additionally, there is fire accessibility issues that
will need to be address.
There is more to be done with the River Property, and more currently
being researched, but at this time, it will remain a natural,
beautiful area for campers and guests to explore.