brownwood, texas
phased master plan
completed: 2011

The Lake Brownwood Christian Retreat Master Plan Development is a process of identifying, organizing and establishing goals and directions for all aspects of the physical development of the site.  It includes developing the program, analyzing the site, identifying governing codes, and implementing the master plan.

The camp has grown and transformed from it's humble beginnings as repurposed military dorms situated on a peninsula of Lake Brownwood some 50 years ago.

The challenge for the new master plan was to incorporate 50 years of campers' memories of a single "place" into a multi-camp layout.  Situated to house more than one camp group at a time...allowing for interaction in specified areas (dining hall, sports areas) all the while maintaining an intimate camping "Core" away from other groups.

The 1960's layout of LBCR was very different from today.  Most of the buildings were placed around the Circle and Cross (yellow and dashed lines) creating an outdoor plaza.

This plaza acted as the Core of the camp, with most activities in close proximity to each other.  The position of so many amenities located within the Core gave the perception of a "close", small and cohesive camp.

On the other hand, amenities located outside of the Core, such as the Women's Dorms and Swimming Docks, were thought of as being "far away" or "distant".

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