New Cultural Center at Lake Wohlford

This 2-acre site located on a beautiful knoll overlooking Lake Wohlford holds historical memories for the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians, as well as panoramic views of the lake. In the 2003 Paradise Mountain fire, the San Pasqual Tribe lost two residential structures. Reconstruction of these cultural residences incorporates traditional Native American forms with the latest green technologies and sustainable finishes. The funding for this project came from a State Community Block Grant Program through the State of California requiring the entire team to work within a set budget and fixed timeframe. Inspiration for the Cultural Center design came from the site and ruins of an octagonal adobe sweat lodge. The main Cultural Center building replaces the historic “Red House” and was designed by Drew Hubbell. Sustainable design features include:

  • ‘Perform Wall’ super-insulated concrete forms incorporating recycled polystyrene.
  • Passive solar design with a round skylight which tracks the winter and summer solstice
  • Natural ventilation and thermal chimney
  • Brown Field construction – built on previously disturbed site