Domokur Architects completed the master plan for YMCA Camp Greenville in the mountains of South Carolina. Camp Greenville is the resident camp of the YMCA of Greenville and celebrated its 100th year of service in 2013.
The site is located at the top of Standing Stone Mountain, with abundant hiking trails and two spring-fed lakes. At the eastern end of the site, Symmes Chapel (also known as “Pretty Place”) perches on the side of a mountain, offering spectacular views of the surroundings and attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. The current site plan faces the challenges of steep slopes, public road access, a confusing entrance, a loss of identity as a mountain camp, and limited rainy day indoor program space. The tree cover has completely consumed the visual connections to the lakes and the mountains beyond.
Domokur Architects’ master plan helps improve the sense of place that has been lost over the past 100 years while continuing to celebrate its history. The master plan creates an improved entry and arrival experience, repurposes facilities for improved programming, relocates the Dining Hall, upgrades camper and staff housing and provides dedicated places for each mode of operation. The focus of the plan was to enhance the relationship between existing facilities and the site improvements along with incorporating new facilities that will take advantage of the beautiful views on and around the site. The new Dining and Recreation Halls will be constructed around the perimeter of the new central common space at Camp, providing spectacular views of both the mountains and the lake. Camper cabins will be shifted closer to the central area and designed to take advantage of views as well. The proposed office and health center will be constructed closer to the new entrance of camp, while repurposing the existing facilities into a Guest House and a Nature Center.