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Esalen Institute

Semmes & Co. Builders is pleased to announce our position on the project development team for upcoming improvements at the famous Big Sur Esalen Institute. Arkin-Tilt Press Release.

Esalen, established in 1962, has been a world-wide retreat center and educational institute for those looking to pioneer changes in oneself and society. “Perched on 27 acres of Big Sur coastline where the mountains meet the sea, its magical beauty makes it feel a little like the Garden of Eden. Esalen hosts 20,000 visitors a year who come for a weekend or a week or a month or longer to learn, to grow, to explore, to heal, or to carve the near edge of the future, the cutting edge of humanity.”

Arkin Tilt

Semmes & Co. Builders  will be contracting through Arkin-Tilt Architects out of Berkeley California  to consult on costs, schedule, sustainability and build-ability throughout the design process, from early programming to construction documents. Congratulations Esalen! We look forward to your upcoming revitalization.

You may have noticed that we are working at the Trader Joe’s complex in Templeton again. If not, you will soon see the opening of J&R Custom Meats and Sausage next to that great fish restaurant and store, Pier 46. We are working inside setting new electrical, plumbing and polishing up the floors so we can have fish and meats in the same building, just like the good old days!








Here is a refined shop building that we are erecting in Santa Barbara County. The metal siding is corten and will achieve a beautiful rusted patina. The cedar posts at the entry were sustainably harvested and add a rustic character to the building. Look for more coming up!



The airfoil inspired barn in the north county is nearing completion. The siding/roofing is being installed and interior finishes are underway. We’re looking for completion this summer.june-11-2-cropped