1999 AIA Seattle Chapter Honor Award
1998 Oregon Concrete Best Public Building
1997 Construction Data & News Award of Merit
Yaquina Head Interpretive Center
The Bureau of Land Management selected Miller Hull to design a
20,000 s.f. interpretive center on the Yaquina Headland in Newport,
OR. The site has been designated an Outstanding Natural Area and
contains the renovated Yaquina Head Lighthouse, the second oldest
active lighthouse on the Oregon Coast. The project also includes
an extensive trail system with various interpretive elements throughout
the site such as kiosks, waysides and observation decks.
A trail leads from the interpretive center to an observation deck,
passing under the road via a tunnel to a dramatic south facing vista.
From this deck one has unobstructed views of the south coastline,
whales, seals and birds.
To maintain the pristine quality of the headland, the interpretive
building is positioned at the west end of the reclaimed rock quarry,
where a large exterior concrete deck sits at the base of the 100
foot tall basalt wall. Interpretive panels tell the story of the
quarry operation and a landscaped area shows how the indigenous
plantings have helped in the recovery and cleaning of storm water
and in softening the abrupt, man-made edges of the quarry.