Project DescriptionFROM THE ARCHITECTS:
The Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) has announced that it will undertake a significant project in the coming years to completely redesign and rebuild the Visitors Center at the Tillamook Cheese Factory, the most popular tourist destination on the Oregon Coast.
Designed by Olson Kundig, TCCA leadership says the new Visitors Center at the company’s headquarters in Tillamook will offer a significantly enhanced experience for visitors. “This new facility will provide us with an opportunity to bring to life TCCA’s story in a much more compelling way—from our vital history as a farmer-owned co-op, to our modern day commitment to Dairy Done Right,” said TCCA President and CEO Patrick Criteser. “This project represents a significant investment in our local presence here in Tillamook County and one that we anticipate will attract even more visitors to our area.”
Through this project, the existing Visitors Center facility at the Tillamook Cheese Factory will be demolished. In its place a brand new 38,500 square-foot facility that reflects Tillamook as a world-class dairy brand will be built. The number of visitors who visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory has grown significantly over the years. Currently, more than 1.3 million people visit each year—as many as 10,000 per day. The new Visitors Center will comprise of a larger space to enable TCCA to better accommodate their growing number of guests and welcome even more visitors, providing the most comfortable, enjoyable experience possible.
Olson Kundig worked closely with TCCA to redesign the entire visitor experience to create an environmental extension of the Tillamook brand—from the moment visitors arrive on site, to the moment they leave. The building was inspired by architecture associated with modern farming and the working dairy structures used by many of the nearly one hundred farm families that comprise the Tillamook co-op. TCCA and Olson Kundig are also designing the factory tour experience and adding new interpretive exhibits that tell the over one hundred year history of the factory, its workers, the process of cheese making, the farmer collective that owns the cooperative, and the milk that makes the Tillamook products.