CYJ Experiential Learning Center
- Wimberley, Texas
- This 7,000 square foot camp activity building is purposefully designed to demonstrate broad sustainable design ideas. The two-story wing of the building uses a broad butterfly roof to capture rainwater into an on-site cistern for reuse to irrigate the 2,300 square foot prairie roof over the one-story activity room wing of the building. Carefully located windows are oriented to bring generous daylight into the building, orient interior spaces to the outdoors and to capture views of the live oak tree canopies that share the site. Solar photovoltaic panels are integrated into the building as shade awnings that protect south facing windows from the harsh summer sun. Sustainability was a rule in the design and selection of materials and fixtures: locally sourced limestone, recycled aluminum and steel, energy efficient lighting, water conserving plumbing fixtures, cork flooring and repurposed cypress trees from the Memorial Day floods in nearby Wimberley, TX.