Harkenrider Senior Center

Hermiston, Oregon

Project Description

When Hermiston’s senior center closed permanently due to a facility relocation, the City began looking for ways to continue serving its citizens. They decided to build a new one. In 2015, the City of Hermiston selected Ascent Architecture and Interiors to do the ground-up design of the city’s new senior center: Harkenrider. The building is named after the late Frank Harkenrider who was an active member in the community. Thanks, in part, to funding from an Oregon Community Development Block Grant, city employees were able to collaborate with Ascent throughout the design process to create a building that best serves its community. The design included a great hall for large events, two break-out rooms for smaller events, a commercial kitchen, an office space, and an unfinished basement. We look forward to seeing Hermiston’s seniors use and enjoy the space.

Project Details

Completion date 2018
Size 11,000 square feet


Movement and Natural Light 

One great feature of this project is the layout, which suggests a flow of movement throughout the space. Visitors are guided from the porte cochère (covered entrance) through the great hall, all the way to the views at the far end. The fireplace draws visitors into the space and the western-facing windows allow for plenty of natural light.

Commercial Kitchen & Unfinished Basement

Hermiston’s seniors now have a commercial kitchen for their twice-weekly meals. They also have an unfinished basement for ample storage, and an office space for administrative purposes.

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