FFA partnered with Lango Hansen Landscape Architects to work closely with Chemeketa Community College and its partners from educational extension programs, local businesses and community outreach groups to design a new, highly sustainable Agricultural Complex. The vision for the Complex is guided by the idea of establishing an agricultural hub for this broad community that is a center for teaching and learning in this growing Oregon region.
Anchored at the north edge of the eight-acre site will be the new 15,000 square-foot academic building. A light-filled, double-height space will be the collective center of the building with views out through a large glass wall and an overhead door that will open onto demonstration gardens to the south. The building will house flexible learning and research areas along with working spaces for students, faculty, staff, and partners. The primary structural system will feature Mass Plywood Panels (MPP) and mass timber from the region. A covered arcade is designed to protect the building along the south façade with a photovoltaic roof structure that will serve double-duty as shelter and to harness energy from the sun to support the building.
To reinforce the “collective hub” concept, the Agricultural Complex is defined by a central courtyard amphitheater space which will function in several ways and will contribute to public and educational needs while supporting outdoor group training, industry events, presentations, festivals, community outreach activities, and farmers’ markets.
“COLLECTIVE HUB” LAYOUT
This central space is defined by the academic building and several outbuildings; greenhouses, a headhouse lab, and an open multi-use outdoor classroom pavilion. These structures will be flanked by a variety of different learning garden zones including a Tree Specimen Meadow, Water-Wise, Shade, Xeric, Upland Natives, and a Botanical Rainwater Garden. To the south, large agricultural fields will be devoted to various academic and research activities including a Woody Ornamental, Organic Vegetable, Orchard Lab for cultivation research, and a Pollinators’ Garden.