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Yountville Town Center, Project Principal, 2009.

In 1998 the rural town of Yountville embarked on an extensive planning process for a new town center. The completed project, designed to achieve LEED Platinum, integrates new and existing buildings and shapes outdoor spaces—including a new town square—that accommodate large gatherings and simple neighborly exchanges. Located on 2.5-acres in the middle of town, the project references its rural surroundings and local vernacular architecture with simple massing, generous porches and familiar materials.

The challenge was to provide flexible spaces that accommodate an array of activities—meetings, events, afterschool programs, exercise classes. The new and renovated community buildings house program and meeting rooms, large and small, a branch library and teen center in spaces that are light, airy and directly connect to the outdoors, reflecting Yountville’s casual elegance.

Site paths connect the surrounding neighborhoods to main street. The new center has become the hub of community activity and a great source of civic pride.

Photography: David Wakely


Women in the Design World: Work in Progress, an exhibition presented by the Sam Fos School of Design and Visual arts in conjunction with the Women in Architecture Symposium 2014.

Susi Marzuola, AIA, LEED AP BD+C / Bachelor of Art, Architecture, 1982