In 2018 the City of Monmouth selected FFA for an initial assessment of their outdated city hall. After determining that it would be more cost-effective to replace the building than to renovate it, the team moved forward with the design for the new civic amenity. Within the context of the community and surrounding historic backdrop, FFA designed a two-story city hall with a connecting light-filled single-story municipal courtroom/council chamber.
FFA facilitated public engagement sessions with the community members to understand residents’ needs, identifying three key themes of Community, Welcoming and Asset to Town. The design team then conducted interviews and workshops with city staff to understand how they work now, and how they envision themselves working into the future. Based on community and stakeholder input, we designed an interior divided by function and security needs and organized around a circulation core.
Surrounded by farm and wine country, the site rests on pedestrian-oriented Main Street, across from Main Street Park, and one block away from the Western Oregon University Campus. Taking cues from the existing historic character of the avenue, the FFA team recommended compatible architectural elements and materials. A magnificent sequoia tree on the site will accompany a new plaza to welcome visitors. This space will also support festivals and community activities like the Monmouth marathon and farmers’ market.
When complete, the new city hall design will strengthen physical and psychological connections by building on the unique history and vitality of the area.