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Judges Special Awardof Excellence

Judges Statement:

Congratulations to the design team for their thoughtful restoration of this historic school.

The Cultural Center has been crafted from converting a vacant school building (Central School), originally built in 1935, with the gym and two classroom wings added in

the 1950’s. The original building is beautiful, and featured a detailed brick exterior, large wood windows and tall interior spaces lined with fir wall paneling. However, when

CPRD took over care of the school in the mid 1990’s it had fallen into disrepair. After sitting vacant and deteriorating for several decades, the most critical area in need

of repair were seismic improvements to the school’s exterior and replacement of most of the windows. The seismic improvements required the removal of the interior

fir paneling which CPRD saved for future use. And aren’t we glad they did! This storied wood became the inspiration and material of choice throughout the design of

the Cultural Center. The design team saw a great opportunity to repurpose the paneling in the next two remodel phases for classroom entries, angled wall entry features,

ceiling treatments and acoustical wall panels.

This challenging project, more than a decade in the making, was made possible through the close collaboration, trust and open communication between all members

of the ownership, design and construction teams, along with the help and support of the local community. We couldn’t be more proud to have been a part of delivering

this “key to the quality of life” to the City of Newberg.

Photographer: Eckert and Eckert Photography

Chehalem Cultural Center

Newberg, OR


Triplett Wellman Contractors


Chehalem Parks and Recreation District


Scott | Edwards Architecture

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