Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve: Administration Center, General Store and Outdoor Dining Deck

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.

Total 0 Votes

Tell us how can we improve this post?


Verify Human or Spambot ?

  • Orchid Nominee

  • Project Address:

    9310 Fanita Parkway, Santee

    Project Owner/Developer:

    Padre Dam/Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

    Owner Contact Name/Email:

    Laura Koval, Park Director,

    Project Architect/Designer:

    Architect: Naveen Waney, AIA (Platt/Whitelaw Architects) / Landscape Architect: In-Site Landscape Architecture, Inc. / Construction Manager: CBSI - Consolidated Building Systems, Inc.

    Image Credit:

    Platt/Whitelaw Architects

Contact Us

Contact Us



P.O. Box 122228
San Diego, CA 92112-2228
Federal Tax ID: 95-3513927

Sign Up

Stay on top of your Architectural news

Orchids & Onions is an educational and fundraising program of the San Diego Architectural Foundation, a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization dedicated to education and the promotion of outstanding architecture, planning and urban design throughout the San Diego region.

Get in the Mix