Port of Tillamook Bay, Tillamook, OR
Project Type: Individual
Designers: Stefany Orozco
After analyzing the Port of Tillamook bay, and the surrounding area, every individual in our studio was asked to create a vision for what we believed the port needed in the future. From there, each student designed their own project and program.
My initial vision came after creating different postcards for different activities that may take place in the port to benefit the community of Tillamook. However, after visiting the Port and doing a bit of research it became apparent that the southern end of the area contained different types of freshwater wetlands. After a brief discussion with the Port manager, I learned that the plan for the area was to infill the wetlands and construct more buildings on it. With the knowledge of how precious resources such as these will become with the changing climate, I decided to create a program for a Wetland Mitigation and Exploration Center. The goal of this building is to expose and inform the surrounding community on the importance and beauty of wetlands while also teaching users how to mitigate the area and even arm them with tools and apps to do so in their own community. The building itself is also constructed using materials that could carefully be either recycled or decomposed back into the wetlands in a harmless way when the time comes.
LOGISTICS. The Port of Tillamook is located on the southern outskirts of Tillamook city proper. The area is zoned as M-1 Industrial and as it stands now there are very few buildings on the site. The main buildings on the northern end of the site are the Hampton Lumber Mill, a Digester, the Port Offices, and the massive Tillamook Air Museum which is the main attraction of the port.
CLIMATE. The city of Tillamook and the Port are accustomed to constant flooding during the rainy seasons. So much so that the locals are used to constant road closures and flooded buildings within the city during these times.
PEOPLE. There is hardly any colleges or forms of higher education within the city itself. The locals here need forms of education that may draw more people/tourists into the city and better the area.
Main Port Access
Freshwater Emergent Wetland