Cannon Beach Conference Center

Projects – Kitchen/Dining Room

Kitchen & Dining Complex
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Below is the footprint of the new Kitchen Dining Room Complex

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Kitchen & Dining Complex Construction Updates
Click to view: 1/18/2018 Framing begins
Click to view: 11/18/2017 Getting started on the slab
Click to view: 9/1/2017 Pouring concrete
Click to view: 4/6/2017 Update letter from Jeff Carlsen
Click to view: 12/31/2016 Geopiers installed
Click to view: 11/15/2016 Tons of fill
Click to view: 10/13/2016 Tree removal begins
Click to view: 10/03/2016 Project Update Letter from Jeff Carlsen
Click to view: 05/25/2016 Whacking off the corner of the main dining room
Click to view: 05/14/2016 Official ground breaking
Click to view: 03/15/2016 The bell tower moved to a temporary home
Click to view: 02/24/2016 Preparing the bell tower for moving
Click to view: 02/13/2016 Getting started on tree removal
Click to view: 01/14/2016 Pouring concrete in the old Main Dining Room
Click to view: 11/06/2015 Modifying old Main Dining Room

The Master Site Plan
The Cannon Beach Conference Center updated its Master Site Plan several years ago. In June 2009, construction was completed on the Ecola dorm providing office space for Ecola Bible College and dormitory housing for students and CBCC summer staff. The Kitchen & Dining Complex is the current major project in CBCC’s Master Site Plan.

Why Next?
It was determined during the master planning process that the dining room is not only the oldest building on campus, it’s too small and has an inadequate kitchen. In 2011 we began the design phase. We decided to move slowly, working on grounds beautification and interior renovation projects, as the US economy strengthened. Spring of 2014 we were ready to take the next step. Preliminary architectural drawings were completed, construction estimates were gathered, and the initial fundraising for the Kitchen & Dining Complex began.

Mission and Vision
The modernizing of the kitchen and dining room fits well within CBCC’s mission statement. Meals are central to providing guests relaxation and spiritual renewal in our beautiful setting. We often say, “The kitchen and dining room are where meals and memories are made.” CBCC’s vision and practice has been to carefully lay projects before the Lord, then move forward as donors pray and support the project financially.

Deferred Maintenance
It has been necessary following new construction to spend time catching up on facilities maintenance projects. In 2009, we launched the Grounds Beautification project and in 2010 we began a far-reaching Interior Renovation project. These projects are now successfully completed, letting us concentrate for the next few years on new construction.

Where Will It Be Located?
Master planning discussions place the new building near the existing main dining room and kitchen. A webcam points to the area of initial construction in an area guests know as the horseshoe pits just south of the main entrance, along Spruce Street.

When Will Construction Begin?
We now have our building permit for Phase One of construction. Excavation, tree removal, water line rerouting, fill, geopier installation, and other work related to the foundation has been completed.

CBCC is careful not to proceed on well-intentioned projects without God’s blessing. One test will be met as donors are led to give financially. Cash in hand should allow roofing and enclosing the building from weather. That goal has been met. As the construction progresses, pledges, grants and donations continue to come in.

Another test is to patiently let the city, county and state design, review and permit approval all run its course in an orderly manner. This is a reflection to the community of our values as a Christian organization. The city of Cannon Beach’s design review board gave us their approval in 2015, which was our queue to finish engineering and submit detailed plans for permits.

After months of difficult engineering challeges, drawings were submitted in late January 2017 for permits which will allow us to begin the actual building. Much preliminary work has been done underground, with the most visual being the modifcation of the current dining room around the Phase One footprint. Fund-raising has been encouraging and our cash-in-hand goal that precedes ground-breaking has been exceeded. In addition, a significant grant request with the Murdock Charitable Trust has been approved and will be released as Phase One nears completion.

How Will Conferences Continue?
Construction will parallel serving guests. The new kitchen, and part of the new dining room will be completed without demolishing the existing main dining room. We are confident that as new construction is phased in, existing facilities will be adequate for temporary use with minimal inconvenience to conferences and retreats. For sure, the work areas will be busy and provide an exciting display of God’s work among his followers.

What New Kitchen Features?
Our kitchen prepares more than 400,000 meals per year and services three dining rooms. The limitations of our existing kitchen facilities make it challenging to produce the quantity of meals we serve at the quality our guests have come to expect. The food preparation, cooking, bakery, storage and serving areas will be enlarged to provide adequate room and modern equipment. The dish washing, loading dock and recycle areas will be expanded and given easy street access.

Dining Room Features?
Modern dining rooms have higher ceilings, fewer obstacles and accommodate current audio visual technology. The existing dining room was built in 1948 with pieces added or enclosed over the years. Since Pacific View Lodge was constructed and Ecola Creek Lodge motel was purchased, no additional seating has been added to the main dining room. Our main dining room needs to be larger. And it needs to be designed with multi-use features in mind.

What Will It Cost?
The Office and Dormitory Building (Ecola Dorm) cost $1.6 million in 2009. The Family Recreation Center required $2.4 million by the time landscaping was finished. It is estimated the Kitchen & Dining Complex, with its size and complexity, will cost at least $3.8 million to complete.

Can I Give Now?
Yes, we have a Kitchen & Dining Complex designated fund receiving cash, credit card, online, or securities donations. We also encourage 1 or 2 year pledges. In-kind gifts of materials, equipment, and specialty labor are always appreciated.

Will Volunteers Be Needed?
Volunteers have helped to build all of CBCC buildings and have always been an integral part of the conference center. Without the donated time and talents of our volunteers, it would be difficult to accomplish our mission. The Kitchen & Dining Complex construction will require many volunteers, especially those skilled in the construction trades. To learn more about how you can be part of this upcoming project as a volunteer, visit our website volunteer page or email CBCC volunteer coordinator, Jean Hand at: 

Watch the construction progress on our webcam accessed here on our website or with the CBCC mobile app.

Click to view: 09/02/2014 Water main upgrade
Click to view: 09/27/2014 Geological boring for foundation design
Click to view: 03/10/2015 Model completed
Click to view: 05/04/2015 Progress & finance update
Click to view: 08/13/2015 Mid-summer finance update
Click to view: 08/14/2015 Building footprint overlay
Click to view: 09/06/2015 Couple more artist renderings
Click to view: 10/07/2015 Daily Astorian article