At full capacity, Washington Family Ranch is home to two youth summer camps that host up to 2,000 people. The ranch has come a long way since its original function as a home base for the Rajneesh community in the 1980s, and its aging infrastructure required upgrades. Site development and infrastructure modernization projects have included five sewer pump stations, a potable water reservoir, seven new building sites, access roads, and related utility infrastructure. It was important to Young Life that all improvements in camper areas were welcoming, interesting, and consistent with the Creekside and Canyon camp aesthetics. In addition, the original wastewater infrastructure created ongoing maintenance issues for Young Life operations staff.
Parametrix provided survey, engineering, and construction support for a wide range of infrastructure improvements at the camp. This included working closely with a landscape architect to design unique pathways, seat walls, stairways, and landscape features that added to the camper experience. We also engineered cost-effective, reliable, and right-sized pump station and pipe upgrades for the variable sewer flows at the ranch.