Cannon Beach Conference Center

Projects – Kitchen/Dining Complex

 Kitchen & Dining Complex
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Below is the footprint and artist’s renderings of the new Kitchen Dining Complex.

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The Master Site Plan
The Cannon Beach Conference Center updated its Master 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 replacement was next in line and the current major project in CBCC’s multi-year Master Plan.

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.

Staging Construction
With the Conference Center active and operating year-round, it was determined the construction of a new kitchen & dining room would have to occur in two stages to avoid cancelling conferences and retreats. Phase One would include the new kitchen, dorm space and half the new dining room. Phase Two would include the second half of the dining room, completion of a staff dining room and meeting room on the second floor and an elevator and restrooms. Most landscaping would also occur in Phase Two.

Construction Timeline
Phase One construction began the end of 2016, and after several delays related to building permits, was completed in August 2019. Full usage of Phase One began in September. The new features of both the dining room and kitchen have been well received by both staff and guests. Phase Two construction began immediately in September 2019 and is scheduled to be completed and occupied by summer 2021 conferences. (Note: with the impact of the coronavirus, there may be delays to construction.)

How Will Conferences Continue?
Construction will continue to parallel serving guests. The new kitchen, and part of the new dining room were completed without demolishing the former main dining room. We are confident that as Phase Two construction proceeds, 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 separate dining rooms. The limitations of the prior kitchen facilities made 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. The new kitchen is over 4,000 square feet, 67% larger than the former kitchen.

Dining Room Features
Modern dining rooms have higher ceilings, fewer obstacles and accommodate current audio-visual technology. The prior 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 had been added to the main dining room to accommodate additional guests. The newly completed dining room will seat about 450 guests and be 30% larger than the prior dining room.

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. The new Kitchen & Dining Complex, with its size and complexity, will cost much more. Phase One cost $3,491,813. Phase Two is estimated at $1.9 million. Construction will proceed as funds are available.

Can I Give Now?
Yes, we have a Kitchen & Dining Complex restricted 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. Phase One construction included over 100 different volunteers. Phase Two will require the same. 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.

Early progress

Click to view: 1/18/2018 Framing begins
Click to view: 11/18/2017 Getting started on the slab
Click to view: 09/1/2017 Pouring concrete
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: 05/25/2016 Cutting 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
Click to view: 10/07/2015 Daily Astorian article
Click to view: 09/06/2015 Couple more artist renderings
Click to view: 08/14/2015 Building footprint overlay
Click to view: 08/13/2015 Mid-summer finance update
Click to view: 05/04/2015 Progress & finance update
Click to view: 03/10/2015 Model completed
Click to view: 09/27/2014 Geological boring for foundation design
Click to view: 09/02/2014 Water main upgrade