The TERI Campus of Life project will provide a sustainable community center with gardens, pool, fitness areas, 111,000 square feet of building space for research, equestrian training, theater, gallery, vocational training, dining and training facilities for folks on the autism spectrum. The historic Merriam House has been preserved on the campus property for over 200 years since its construction by Major Gustavus Merriam. Merriam’s niece, Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey, who authored the first modern field guide for birdwatchers, spent significant time at the Merriam House observing and documenting many of southern California’s birds. She was instrumental in reducing the demand for bird feathers in women’s hatwear; a common practice in 1885 that was diminishing bird populations.
Geocon has been working on the TERI property since 2002 and has provided both geotechnical and environmental services. Construction of the Campus of Life is currently on-going. Restoration of the Merriam House is planned soon.