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 Plan Association 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


  • 2018 TRPS (Tahoe Regional Planning Agency), Best in the Basi
  • 2019 Travel + Leisure World’ Best Awards, No. 1 Resort Hotel in the United States
  • 2018 ASLA Sierra, Merit Award for Design
  • 2013 ASLA Colorado, Merit Award for Planning
  • 2017 TRPA (Tahoe Regional Planning Agency), Best in the Basin


Edgewood Companies


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