Domokur Architects completed the Master Plan for Camp Akita, located in Logan, Ohio, about 50 miles south of Columbus. Founded in 1948 on 160 acres of donated land, the camp’s geographic size and enrollment have grown steadily over the past decades, as it has created and maintained one of the most exciting and expansive camp programs in the country.
Steady growth, however, has illustrated a number of issues for this camp that has grown to 1200 acres (including a 4.5 acre lake). The rolling topography and steep slopes complicate thoughts of new construction; while vehicular access from the main road is limited and less than intuitive – failing to deliver a strong sense of arrival. Many of the seasonal buildings, dating to the 1960s, are in surprisingly good condition, while the buildings used for year-round programming have begun to show their age.
Camp Akita brought us on board to assess how they could address the various issues and limitations they faced. We conducted a complete facilities assessment of the camp, noting where spaces adequately met current needs, as well as when spaces struggled to meet current needs or needs of the foreseeable future. In addition to this assessment, we also held multiple focus groups with campers’ parents, staff, and members of the camp’s associated church. The Master Plan that we presented outlined our suggested improvements to Camp Akita, focusing especially on creating a strong entrance experience for campers, reworking the camp’s circulation pattern, and constructing new cabins and outdoor program spaces.