The Boyd Desert Research Center is a field station of the University of California, Riverside and is one of the largest sites in the Natural Reserve System. Located in Palm Desert, California, the project adds facilities for the Tevis Research and Education Center and nearby cabins for visiting researchers. The cabins are designed to provide shade while capturing the spectacular mountain views. With its gracefully sloped lines, ecologically sensitive materials, and neutral tones, the project endeavors to organically fit in to the desert landscape. The Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center provides high insulation values, optimal wind resistance, and passive cooling and heating capabilities. The structures are pre-engineered steel buildings. Keeping in mind the harsh desert environment, the research center is carefully designed with a corrugated metal shield, south facing roof, and north facing shade for added protection from the elements.