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As we 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.

During our initial on-campus meeting, PlanNorth collected, digitized, and studied LOMT/Camp Lone Star’s historical documents, met with the vision leadership team, and toured the entire campus.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.

The 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:

1- staff housing
2- lake restorations
3- front door of camp safety elements
4- expanded dining capabilities
5- renovations/improvements for adult housing

Ultimately the final recommendations by the Architectural Team is as follows:

a. 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 Camp area.
ii. Current Youth Dining Hall capacity: 120 seats. New Youth Dining Hall Dining capacity: 284 seats

b. 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 renovations.

c. 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 efforts

b. 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.

 

A Note about River Property:

a. 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.

b. 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.

 

 

Camp Lone Star

La Grange Campus:
2016 Camp Lone Star Rd, La Grange, TX 78945

Pines Campus:
22610 Tuwa Rd, Tomball, TX 77375

phone: (979) 968-1657
fax: (979) 968-1658
email:
lomt@lomt.com

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