Los Padres National Forest Ranger Station – Chuchupate
The 8,500-square-foot district ranger station replaced an existing outdated 1920's facility located on a hilly and forested site four miles outside of the town of Frazier Park, California. Programmatically, the new building houses the district forest ranger, fire marshal, law enforcement, recreation, and other administrative offices. The new ranger station shares its site with a fire station and helitack facility. The building is organized around two large office loft spaces that open out to covered patios to the south and expansive views to the north. A simple exterior material palette of stained cedar siding, galvanized metal roofing, and metal windows connect the building to its rugged and natural context.
Landscape and civil design play an active role in grounding the architecture and increasing the overall performance of the project. Storm water is treated and controlled through a series of bioswales and check dams before it is released into the adjacent wetlands. The Los Padres National Forest Ranger Station – Chuchupate is on track for LEED Gold certification.