Client: Coconino National Forest
Location: Sedona, AZ
Date: completion 2013
Working with the numerous staff of the Coconino National Forest through the Red Rock Ranger District and the Western Regional office in Albuquerque and Silver City, NM, Eric Brandt synthesized the demanding scope of the project with the pristine, National Park-like setting.
The scope of the work included integrating the vast forest service requirements, the national handicap accessibility laws, the premium recreation opportunities and the future transit service while lightly placing the facility in the natural landscape.
The facility incorporates 40 parking spaces, a transit stop with an interpretive kiosk, multiple trail heads, restrooms, picnic vistas, and rustic wedding ceremony areas onto the existing jeep roads and natural clearings of the site.
The major goals of the design included avoiding the surveyed archaeological sites; preserving the mature trees that screen the parking area from all directions; separating the multiple uses but with logical connections; and retaining the wild-west feel of the original, winding, tree-lined jeep road leading to the vast red rock overlook.