3. SKAMANIA LODGE

Location: North Pacific Province

Stevenson, Washington,

Columbia River Gorge

National Scenic Area

Project Type: Lodge and Conference Center

Year Completed: 1993

Budget: Construction- $24.5 million

• Forest Service: $5 million

• Skamania County: $5 million

• John Gray (developer):

$14.5 million

Project Team: Ankrom Moisan, Architects

Walker Macy,

Landscape Architects

Welborn Reimann Assoc.,

Engineers

Forest Service technical

assistance, review

 

Project Description: The lodge includes a

12,000-square-foot conference center, a Forest

Service information center, 195 guest rooms,

a restaurant, and an 18-hole golf course. It is

connected to the city of Stevenson by hiking

and biking trails. The project was made possible

by a Forest Service grant through the Columbia

River Gorge National Scenic Area.

 

Project Planning: The architect defined the

Cascadian theme by researching regionally

historic lodges, cabins, and Forest Service

buildings. This theme was illustrated in a design

document used for environmental planning,

marketing, financial decisionmaking, and

establishing public acceptance and support.

The planning stages described energy efficiency,

use of recycled materials, and site restoration

objectives as an integral part of the program.

The site had been a sanitary landfill, which

was transformed into a wildflower meadow adjacent

to the lodge. Environmental documents identified

community economic enhancement and flora and

fauna protection as important project aspects.

 

Design/Implementation: The Cascadian theme

was carried out through building massing, steep

roof slopes, heavy timber, extensive use of natural

finished wood, rock walls, and muted green and

brown earth tone colors. While very large, the

building blends into the site. Regional artwork

with naturalistic themes is used extensively

throughout the building. Grand landscape views

are focused outward from the building. Exterior

walls are simulated board and batten and cedar

shingles. The roof is architectural-grade heavytextured

asphalt shingles.

 

Native plants, wildlife habitat, and wetlands

were protected, restored, and enhanced with

the site development. Native plants also are

used extensively in landscaping. Parking is

screened from entry roads and main highways.

 

Recycled building materials include 200-year-old

wood flooring and 100-year-old large timber

columns from a closed salmon cannery.

Fluorescent lights are used throughout the

lodge, including guest rooms, saving more than

$11,000 annually. Rock came from local quarries

or the site itself. Local woodworkers made much

of the furniture. Rugs and upholstery were

custom made in the Northwest.

 

Use: Energy objectives and building and landscape

design themes have been maintained through the

facility operation.

 

Evaluation and Modification: While the facility

has been very successful, minor internal and

external modifications have been undertaken.

These modifications have adhered to the original

design theme.

 

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