COMMUNITY / Mission-Driven

Projects of lasting significance.

We translate the goals of mission-driven groups, becoming advocates for their values and of the people they serve. With uplifting, human-centered design, we make more livable places. Camps for youth, campuses for seniors, publicly funded projects for students, and more are brought to life through our design process.

Young Life’s Washington Family Ranch, nestled in a high desert valley in Central Oregon, seeks to give youth campers the best week of their lives. Combining exposed heavy timber with concealed modern building systems, the ranch's two camps, Creekside and Canyon, express a traditional aesthetic with surprising modern advantages. Designing a 100,000 sq. ft. ensemble of multi-use buildings in Oregon’s remote high desert means designing for sustainability. Campers start their days in the cabins before moving to the grand dining hall. At the activity center, kids play basketball, volleyball and soccer, challenge friends to miniature golf, or pull on a harness for the adventure ropes course. In the afternoon, they hit the towering water park, where five slides drop them into outdoor pools from the head of an active mine shaft. Since we first began work here over a decade ago, the two camps—Creekside for teens and Canyon for middle schoolers—have hosted up to 800 campers per week, every summer. And the sunsets still take our breath away.