The City of Hereford approached PSC in spring 2017 to develop preliminary concepts for a new Hereford Community Center, proposed to be situated on the grounds adjacent to the Amarillo College Hereford Campus site on the northern end of town. Hereford’s existing circa-1950s community center had become very outdated, and suffered from a range of interior finish, building envelope, accessibility, and life safety issues that warranted constructing a new facility as a better value-based use of city funds.

At approximately 22,000 SF, the new center will replace a former collection of meeting rooms, ballroom, and banquet hall with a highly versatile, multipurpose facility. The new facility will be capable of hosting multiple types and sizes of events ranging from family gatherings to light-scale trade conventions, and support events of up to 1,000 people or more. This capability extends to outdoor spaces with the incorporation of an outdoor event courtyard equipped with a venue stage and outdoor fireplace, as well as an acre-size commons green intended to support community outdoor festivals and markets, which would separate the Amarillo College Campus from the Community Center grounds.

As a component to the design, the City is partnering with the Hereford Economic Development Corporation. The HEDC’s offices will be housed in the new facility and would utilize the Center’s meeting rooms for HEDC activities. PSC design professionals sought to develop a feel for the new facility with the design, that both fit in with the nearby Amarillo College Campus, but also spoke to Hereford’s rich heritage as a regional leader in the agricultural industry. The new design proposes masonry finishes that complement the colors of the nearby campus, but also includes gray and galvalume-finished metal paneling and roofing reminiscent of Hereford’s unmistakable agriculture heritage. The entry canopy and concourse clerestory forms are reminiscent in massing to the feed mill, cotton gin, and agricultural facilities that line the US Highway 60 corridor.

The City of Hereford anticipates the new $6.5 Million facility to begin construction in early 2018.