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Charrette Results are in!

design photoOn September 27, the Community Center Committee (CCC) hosted a charrette, inviting Fair Family to analyze and brainstorm about the size and programs for the proposed Community Center.

In preparation for the meeting, background information about the proposed Community Center was and still is posted on our documents page.

The OCF Board of Directors (BOD) has tasked the CCC with researching the building of a community center. The committee, with much help from Fair Family, has done a tremendous amount of work so far. The next step in the process would be to apply for a land use permit or Special Use Permit (SUP). For the SUP application, we will need to include size, location and functions of the community center, as well as good planning for traffic, sound, etc. to minimize any impacts on our neighbors. If the BOD chooses to apply for the SUP, it will then be up to the County Land Use Department to determine if it agrees to a community center with an upland kitchen on our site.

The charrette had a good turnout of about 30-40 people with lots of positive energy. There was a variety of representation from staff, volunteer crews, vendors, elders and BOD members. With such a diverse group, there was speculation that the day might hold more conflict than resolution.

Our time together was spent in small groups and frequently getting back together in a large group to report out our ideas.
The questions posed during the charrette were:

  • What size should the indoor space be?
  • What size should the kitchen be, both indoor and outdoor?
  • What size should the covered outdoor space be and to a lesser extent the uncovered outdoor space?
  • What should the program for the community center usage look like?

Participants were split up into six groups, with each group having the opportunity to respond to each of the four questions. Through discussion, sketching, charts and pictures, the groups dove into the topics in a tangible, meaningful way. Each break out team then reported back to the larger group after each of the separate rounds was completed.

Interestingly, groups organically built on what other groups had reported back in previous sessions; sometimes with polar disagreement but much more often with compromise and harmony. The size of the kitchen was one question that had little variation in what attendees felt would be best. Incidentally, the kitchen size recommended at the charrette was the same size as originally positioned in the Pivot report created last year, and now posted on the community center website.

The question of size also spawned a great deal of creative thought and ideas about how a building might be positioned, including everything from modular sections that could be closed off for most of the year to an octagon that would rotate throughout the day on a dais.

At the end of the day, participants had a better sense of what might work well for our site and our community. This output was then collected by the Community Center Committee.

At the next two CCC meetings, members reviewed all of the charrette materials. Once we documented the range of responses, we realized the conclusions were for the most part not significantly different. We used an averaging methodology and came up with the following results:

Indoor: 2600 sq ft meeting space. 1400 sq ft auxiliary support space. 4000 sq ft total.
Kitchen: 3000 sq ft indoor and 1250 sq ft outdoor kitchen. 4250 sq ft total.
Outdoor covered: 3000 sq ft.

As the size of the uncovered outdoor space is not needed to apply for the SUP, we separated those numbers and will use them later when looking at the Community Center footprint within the fair site.

After reviewing our work, we found the overall square footage numbers from the charrette are close, albeit slightly smaller than the numbers originally proposed with help from Fair Family, Fair Staff, and local professionals. With confidence in our direction, the numbers from the charrette will function as the basis of our recommendation to the OCF Board of Directors as we continue planning efforts for the SUP.

The Community Center Committee would like to thank the many people who have given their time and energy to help us get to this part of the planning process. It is a complicated endeavor. Past input is very much appreciated and continued input from the Fair Family is important. The future is bright for our Country Fair community!

Additional details can be reviewed in the Committee’s report to the Board: Nov2014BOD Report

To contact the CCC directly, please email

Charrette Follow Up and Materials

Photo Of Charrette
We had a good turnout with lots of positive energy and input at the Community Center Planning Charrette held on September 27th. The community center committee will start the synthesis of the output of the charrette at our regularly scheduled meeting on October 20th. While the charrette format was not conducive to remote participation, your feedback is still welcome. You can review the materials the participants reviewed and give your own input to the four topic areas: Indoor size, Outdoor size, Kitchen size and Operation specifics. In addition to the Pivot report and the FAQ, charrette participants also used the following three documents to help formulate thoughts and provide opinions. After reviewing the information, if you have any input or questions, contact us

Charrette Presentation Slides 9-27-14
Charrette Materials
Operation Specifics Topic for charrette

Stay tuned for more updates coming in October.

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Phase 1 Report to the Board

Been waiting for the results of Phase 1? Well, they are ready to be presented!

In 2012 The BOD approved and designated funding for the initial steps of a design process which would include developing the concept and identifying issues of agreement, and issues to be resolved, to inform the organization in its decisions relative to an OCF Community Center.  The CC committee selected a team of design professionals to work with us on facilitated sessions to achieve these initial goals. We have been working with the partners at PIVOT Architecture and SOLARC Engineering for the first phase of this project.

This first phase, at the direction of the OCF Board of Directors, was to work with our partners to produce facilitated workshops to help create the identified deliverables of a conceptual design process, program design, site planning materials etc. The results of this first phase will help the Board and the organization to make informed decisions around its goals of building an upland kitchen and gathering space. This process will help deliver materials necessary to support a capital fundraising campaign if necessary as well.

The design and engineering professionals and the committee will present this results of this work and report to the OCF Board at a Community Center Committee Work Session this Monday, March 18th, 2013 from 6:00 to 9:00pm at the Hilyard Community Center located at 2580 Hilyard St, Eugene, OR 97405.

The .PDF report to be presented and discussed with the Board can be downloaded for review here or from our Documents page on this site. A lot of work has gone in to preparing this report, so please download and review it in advance of our workshop if you plan on attending.

We hope to see you there!

The Community Center Project

thumb-2The Oregon Country Fair Community Center Project is in the Program Design phase to identify our space needs requirements for an upland kitchen community center. The Oregon country Fair Community Center Committee has contracted with local Architect Pivot and local Engineers Solarc. Currently we have built upon a decade of work to finally begin a process to craft the conceptual design, a site plan, marketing and fundraising materials, and prepared to engage the community center permitting process. The Committee will be working cohesively with the Board of Directors, fair-wide stakeholders,fair family, and the talented Architects, Engineers, and Planners with the Pivot/Solarc partner team.

This Community Center will accommodate a commercial kitchen and relevant ancillary components to effectively feed our volunteers before, during, and after our event each year. In addition to this, the community center would accommodate year round activities such as gatherings, meetings, retreats and other events.

The work is anticipated in several phases. Phase 1 is development of a master plan and begins with the Pre-Design component to understand the opportunities and constraints of the site and confirm the space needs requirements and goals of the project.