Producing a master plan for the Alnoba Center, a sustainably designed conference center on 400-acres in seacoast New Hampshire

CLIENT | Lewis Family Conservation Foundation

Philip Conkling, through his contacts with renewable energy companies, sustainable architectural designers and regional conservation partners helped us create a master plan to build a 14,000 square foot state-of-the-art gathering center on 400 protected acres in Kensington, N.H.
Jan Byrnes

Vice President, Lewis Family Foundation and Grand Circle Travel Foundation


The Lewis Family has assembled over 400 acres of forest, farm and wetlands around a family homestead dating back to the 18th century in the seacoast New Hampshire town of Kensington. The family is transforming their ownership into a state-of-the-art model for sustainable development, highlighting a local farmers market, greenhouses for year round produce, a “net-zero” meeting and conference center (Alnoba) and a leadership training institute amid many acres of protected conservation lands in contemplative settings.


We have helped the family with a master plan by identifying important conservation areas, development areas, trail use corridors and linkages, while protecting the family’s use and privacy.


A land use master planning process is a complex undertaking involving clearly communicating the analysis of opportunities and trade-offs of development with family members and among key partners.