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.

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

Website: Siegel & Strain Architects

Arroyo SwimSm

Photo: Features the bath house facility at Camp
Arroyo. This is structure is made of stabilized earth.
Photo Taken By: Kristen McDonald

For more information contact: Office of Public Affairs,