Padre Dam Municipal Water District, owner of Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve, first requested a dynamic master plan from Platt/Whitelaw to serve as a blueprint for all future expansion of recreational amenities. Phase 1 of this project evolved from that plan to include a new 2,045-square-foot administration center, a 2,725-square-foot expanded general store and a new 4,664-square-foot outdoor dining deck overlooking Lake 4.
The design of the buildings was inspired by the recycling history of Santee Lakes itself. Each day, 2 million gallons of water are recycled through Santee Lakes from the Ray Stoyer Water reclamation facility north of the Lakes. We wanted to incorporate the historical significance to the community, the rustic nature of the environment, and in keeping with Padre Dam’s values, wrap these components into an eco-friendly, durable design. Elements include stone accents, sustainable materials, exterior cooling ceiling fans, solar PVs, passive ventilation systems, public access, metal roof, exterior cooling fans, a permitted kitchen for food service, LED lighting, water conservation, and artwork.
The project revitalizes and enhances the 60-year-old park, provides ongoing economic benefit to the community, social interaction for visitors, attractive upgrades for campers, and of course, water recycling. This upgrade, and any future upgrades, will service the community of Santee for many memorable years.