Client: University of Oregon
Completion date: January 2010
Program: A 40,000-square-foot, three-level academic center for student athletes. The ground floor includes a public café, an auditorium, and an atrium; the two floors above, open to student athletes only, feature a 114-seat auditorium, tutor rooms, faculty and advising offices, a computer lab, a graphics lab, and a library.
Solution: The architects sought to turn a bustling site—a former parking lot at a busy intersection—into a tranquil, light-infused building that evokes the natural environment. Because of the site's prominence, they designed the center to have four public facades. Each is composed of two glass walls divided by a prismatic stainless steel screen, whose triangular bars reflect light back inside. The Jaqua Center stands on a table of water, and the resulting reflections blur the distinction between building and landscape. The ZGF team kept the materials palette minimal, leaving some concrete shearwalls exposed and using Oregon white oak for the floors.
ZGF Architects LLP
1223 SW Washington Street, Suite 200
Portland, OR 97205
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Man Hui Chan, Graphic Designer
MEP Engineers: Interface Engineering
Façade Engineers: Arup
Civil Engineers: Harper Houf Peterson Righellis, Inc.
Geotechnical Engineers: Geotechnical Resources, Inc.
Lighting: Interface Engineering
Acoustical: Altermatt Associates
Other: Firm 151
CAD system, project management, or other software used:
Metal/glass curtainwall: Benson Industries, Inc.
Concrete: Marion Construction, Salem, Oregon
Metal doors: Styles Custom Metal Inc
Wood doors: Oregon Door
Sliding doors: Custom made by Straght-up
Fire-control doors, security grilles: Side coiling by Woodfold-Marco MFG
Hinges: Ives, Ezy
Closers: LCN, Dorma, Rixson
Exit devices: von Duprin
Pulls: Tice Industries
Security devices: Bosch, Sentrol, American Magnets, Altronix, Indala, Pelco, Radionics.
Cabinet hardware: Tice Industries, Blum, Hafele, Accuride
Floor and wall tile:
Café + entry lounge
Living room waiting area Upholstery:
Side Chairs [throughout]:
Bar + Counter Stools [throughout]:
Tutor Rm Tables [small + large],
Tutor Lounge, Staff Lounge, Life Skills Tables:
Tutor Lounge, Staff Lounge, Life Skills SideTables:
Downlights (and Uplights):
Exterior water feature: design by Waterline
Add any additional building components or special equipment that made a significant contribution to this project: