The Lodge at Edgewood

South Lake Tahoe, California

Utilizing tourism planning as a mechanism of environmental preservation

Located on the shores of Lake Tahoe, the Edgewood Lodge embodies a new economic future and provides tangible environmental improvements. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency had prohibited development on this site due to the lake’s poor water quality and any project’s presumed environmental impact. Design Workshop’s plan, however, won approval by cleaning the water on-site through enhanced wetlands, a renovated stream and ponds with additional storage capacity. These actions significantly reduced the amount of paved surface on sensitive soils and stormwater runoff into Lake Tahoe by 45 percent. The design preserved 88 percent of the site’s trees by thoughtfully citing the location of roads, the hotel and parking. The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe recaptures the spirit of the Sierra’s storied retreats and the adventures they inspired. The outdoor spaces for dining, social gathering around firepits and pools are loved by guests year-round.

Services Provided: Master Planning, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Architecture


  • Placemaking Award of Excellence, Transformative Place Award, ULI Nevada
  • Merit Award for Design, ASLA California Sierra
  • Merit Award for Planning & Analysis, ASLA Colorado
  • No. 1 Resort Hotel in the U.S., Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards
  • Best in the Basin Award, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
  • Blue Ribbon Award, Tahoe Chamber of Commerce
  • Hotel of the Year – United States & Canada, Preferred Hotels & Resorts


Edgewood Companies


CCY Architecture, SMC Construction, Hirsch Bedner Associates, Nichols Consulting, Water Design, Inc., Sugar Pine Engineering