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Interiors Awards 2011: Education winner

11 February, 2011

-By Amy Milshtein


project: University of Oregon John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes
client: University of Oregon
location: Eugene, Ore.
designer: ZGF Architects

Only 1 percent of college athletes ever make it to the pros. Those odds mean that players must be students first and athletes second. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) agrees, so to that end, the NCAA mandates that student athletes receive academic services for tutoring. The University of Oregon in Eugene now provides these services in the striking new John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes, designed by ZGF Architects.

Replacing an inadequate facility, the 40,000-sq.-ft. building explores the limits of transparency and connectivity while providing a place for the university’s 520 student athletes to meet, study, interact, and form a community. “It’s a place to create a culture,” explains Gene Sandoval, design partner at ZGF. “They can be around their peers and their mentors in a building that celebrates success.”

Based on his theory that learning best occurs in a garden, Sandoval and the ZGF team strove to bring the verdant splendor of Oregon’s Willamette Valley into the building. Utilizing a double-wall façade, the glass structure rests on a table of water surrounded by birch trees. A prismatic vertical stainless-steel screen within the façade provides shading, thermal comfort, heat harvesting, and privacy.

Inside, occupants enjoy uninterrupted visual contact with the outside world while surrounded by warm woods, inspirational displays, and eye-popping splashes of “duck yellow,” the university’s color. The first floor is open to the public and features a soaring atrium. Atrium walls feature displays such as the “Few Who Just Did It,” a celebration of former student athletes who went on to success. Another wall holds a three-story pictorial mural of student athletes that morphs into the portrait of Albert Einstein at a distance. Why Einstein? “He represents the universal person,” explains Sandoval. “He reminds students that college is the first stepping stone in life.”

The first floor also contains a café that features a four-sided gas fireplace surrounded by yellow leather lounge seating arranged to suggest the university’s signature “O.” A 114-seat auditorium set on this floor features yellow leather chairs, each individually wired for power and Internet. The top two floors are devoted to the athletes and their teachers, with a variety of study spaces to accommodate different learning styles from one-on-one nooks to larger group teaching areas. Incoming students are introduced to college life with individual cubicles outfitted with oak desks, lockers, and lounge seating. The idea is to make that transitional, often high-risk first year a little easier.

“The goal was to create not just an exciting space, but a place where the students want to hang out,” says Stephen Stolp, director of services for student athletes. “I always said, ‘Good students make good athletes.’” Could the building be partially responsible for the football team’s undefeated season this year? “Well, it’s already helped with recruiting,” says Stolp, “so I won’t rule it out.”

who
Project: University of Oregon John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes. Client: University of Oregon. Architect: ZGF Architects LLP; Bob Packard, associate AIA, design-in-charge; Gene Sandoval, associate AIA, design partner; Jan Willemse, AIA, LEED AP, registered architect, technical design partner; Robert Snyder, AIA, LEED AP, registered architect, project manager; Jennifer Russina, associate AIA, LEED AP, project designer; Walker Templeton, project designer; Yoshiyuki Watanabe, project designer; Trent Thelen, ASLA, LEED AP, registered landscape architect, landscape architect; Man Hui Chan, graphic designer; Larry Bruton, FAIA, John Breshears, AIA, PE, LEED AP, Dieneke Kniffin, Rich Moore, Erica Rinella, Lee Kilbourn, FAIA, FCSI, CCS, Brian Stevens, Ryan Thomson, Robert Petty, Johan Ross, design team. Interior designer: ZGF Architects LLP; Randy Stegmeier, principal interior architect; Jenn Ward, interior architect. Contractor: Hoffman Construction Company. Lighting: Interface Engineering. Structural engineers: KPFF Consulting Engineers. MEP engineers: Interface Engineering. Façade engineers: Arup. Civil engineers: Harper Houf Peterson Righellis. Geotechnical engineers: Geotechnical Resources. Kitchen: Smith and Greene. Landscape: Charles Anderson Landscape. Graphics: ZGF Architects, Firm 151. Acoustician: Altermatt Associates. Other: Firm 151. Photographer: Basil Childers; Ron Cooper; Eckert & Eckert.

what
Wallcoverings: Infinity Images (custom), MDC Wallcoverings, ideapaint, Egan Visual, Culver Glass, Forbo. Wood paneling: Straight Up Carpentry, Legend Custom Woodworking. Paint: Sherwin-Williams. Dry wall: standard gypsum assembly. Flooring: Branson Hardwoods. Tile: DalTile, Jr Glass. Solid Surface: Corian, CaesarStone. Carpet/carpet tile: InterfaceFLOR, Bentley Prince Street. Ceiling: Armstrong. Lighting: Artemide, Foscarini/Inform Interiors, Luceplan, Ingo Maurer, DeltaLight, Color Kinetics, Focal Point, Erco, Jesco, Bartco, Lightwild, Tivoli, Bega, Lutron. Doors: Blasi GmbH, Styles Custom Metal Inc., Oregon Door, Straight Up (custom sliding doors), Woodfold-Marco MFG. Glass: Viracon. Window treatments: Draper Inc. Workstations: Lamer Woodworking, Straight Up Carpentry, Faustrollean. Workstation/conference room seating: Herman Miller, Straight Up Carpentry. Lounge seating: Moroso. Café seating/entry lounge booth: Lamer Woodworking. Student athlete lounge seating: Ligne Roset Togo. Cafeteria, dining, auditorium seating: Poltrona Frau, Lepere. Additional seating: Moroso. Office Side Chair: De La Espada. Classroom, atrium, reception seating: Vitra. Atrium/reception benches: Moroso custom. Café & entry lounge computer bar: Lamer Woodworking. Side seating: De La Espada. bar/counter stools, Project Room Stool, I.T. storage room stool: Inform Interiors/Tom Dixon Slab Stool. Upholstery: Maharam; Divina Melange. Conference Room Table: Master Furniture Makers. Dining Tables: Lamer Woodworking. Lab/training tables: Lamer Woodworking. Other tables: Lamer Woodworking, Moroso, Bensen/Inform Interiors, Straight Up. Shelving: Straight Up Carpentry; Nikolai; Legend Custom Woodworking. Architectural woodworking: Lamer Woodworking, Straight Up, Nikolai, Legend Custom Woodworking. Planters, accessories: Coro, Lepere. Signage/wayfinding]: RayGun Digital, Pacific Window Tint, Engrave Your Tech, Square Root Industries, Tice Industries, Kelly Reid Consulting, ES & A Sign and Awning. Plumbing fixtures: Elkay, Hans Grohe, Toto, Kohler, Chicago, Duravit.

where
Location: Eugene, OR. Total floor area: 40,000 sq. ft. No. of floors: 3. Average floor size: +/- 13,000 sq. ft. per level. Total staff size: 30-40.




Interiors Awards 2011: Education winner

11 February, 2011


Basil Childers, Ron Cooper, Eckert & Eckert

project: University of Oregon John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes
client: University of Oregon
location: Eugene, Ore.
designer: ZGF Architects

Only 1 percent of college athletes ever make it to the pros. Those odds mean that players must be students first and athletes second. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) agrees, so to that end, the NCAA mandates that student athletes receive academic services for tutoring. The University of Oregon in Eugene now provides these services in the striking new John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes, designed by ZGF Architects.

Replacing an inadequate facility, the 40,000-sq.-ft. building explores the limits of transparency and connectivity while providing a place for the university’s 520 student athletes to meet, study, interact, and form a community. “It’s a place to create a culture,” explains Gene Sandoval, design partner at ZGF. “They can be around their peers and their mentors in a building that celebrates success.”

Based on his theory that learning best occurs in a garden, Sandoval and the ZGF team strove to bring the verdant splendor of Oregon’s Willamette Valley into the building. Utilizing a double-wall façade, the glass structure rests on a table of water surrounded by birch trees. A prismatic vertical stainless-steel screen within the façade provides shading, thermal comfort, heat harvesting, and privacy.

Inside, occupants enjoy uninterrupted visual contact with the outside world while surrounded by warm woods, inspirational displays, and eye-popping splashes of “duck yellow,” the university’s color. The first floor is open to the public and features a soaring atrium. Atrium walls feature displays such as the “Few Who Just Did It,” a celebration of former student athletes who went on to success. Another wall holds a three-story pictorial mural of student athletes that morphs into the portrait of Albert Einstein at a distance. Why Einstein? “He represents the universal person,” explains Sandoval. “He reminds students that college is the first stepping stone in life.”

The first floor also contains a café that features a four-sided gas fireplace surrounded by yellow leather lounge seating arranged to suggest the university’s signature “O.” A 114-seat auditorium set on this floor features yellow leather chairs, each individually wired for power and Internet. The top two floors are devoted to the athletes and their teachers, with a variety of study spaces to accommodate different learning styles from one-on-one nooks to larger group teaching areas. Incoming students are introduced to college life with individual cubicles outfitted with oak desks, lockers, and lounge seating. The idea is to make that transitional, often high-risk first year a little easier.

“The goal was to create not just an exciting space, but a place where the students want to hang out,” says Stephen Stolp, director of services for student athletes. “I always said, ‘Good students make good athletes.’” Could the building be partially responsible for the football team’s undefeated season this year? “Well, it’s already helped with recruiting,” says Stolp, “so I won’t rule it out.”

who
Project: University of Oregon John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes. Client: University of Oregon. Architect: ZGF Architects LLP; Bob Packard, associate AIA, design-in-charge; Gene Sandoval, associate AIA, design partner; Jan Willemse, AIA, LEED AP, registered architect, technical design partner; Robert Snyder, AIA, LEED AP, registered architect, project manager; Jennifer Russina, associate AIA, LEED AP, project designer; Walker Templeton, project designer; Yoshiyuki Watanabe, project designer; Trent Thelen, ASLA, LEED AP, registered landscape architect, landscape architect; Man Hui Chan, graphic designer; Larry Bruton, FAIA, John Breshears, AIA, PE, LEED AP, Dieneke Kniffin, Rich Moore, Erica Rinella, Lee Kilbourn, FAIA, FCSI, CCS, Brian Stevens, Ryan Thomson, Robert Petty, Johan Ross, design team. Interior designer: ZGF Architects LLP; Randy Stegmeier, principal interior architect; Jenn Ward, interior architect. Contractor: Hoffman Construction Company. Lighting: Interface Engineering. Structural engineers: KPFF Consulting Engineers. MEP engineers: Interface Engineering. Façade engineers: Arup. Civil engineers: Harper Houf Peterson Righellis. Geotechnical engineers: Geotechnical Resources. Kitchen: Smith and Greene. Landscape: Charles Anderson Landscape. Graphics: ZGF Architects, Firm 151. Acoustician: Altermatt Associates. Other: Firm 151. Photographer: Basil Childers; Ron Cooper; Eckert & Eckert.

what
Wallcoverings: Infinity Images (custom), MDC Wallcoverings, ideapaint, Egan Visual, Culver Glass, Forbo. Wood paneling: Straight Up Carpentry, Legend Custom Woodworking. Paint: Sherwin-Williams. Dry wall: standard gypsum assembly. Flooring: Branson Hardwoods. Tile: DalTile, Jr Glass. Solid Surface: Corian, CaesarStone. Carpet/carpet tile: InterfaceFLOR, Bentley Prince Street. Ceiling: Armstrong. Lighting: Artemide, Foscarini/Inform Interiors, Luceplan, Ingo Maurer, DeltaLight, Color Kinetics, Focal Point, Erco, Jesco, Bartco, Lightwild, Tivoli, Bega, Lutron. Doors: Blasi GmbH, Styles Custom Metal Inc., Oregon Door, Straight Up (custom sliding doors), Woodfold-Marco MFG. Glass: Viracon. Window treatments: Draper Inc. Workstations: Lamer Woodworking, Straight Up Carpentry, Faustrollean. Workstation/conference room seating: Herman Miller, Straight Up Carpentry. Lounge seating: Moroso. Café seating/entry lounge booth: Lamer Woodworking. Student athlete lounge seating: Ligne Roset Togo. Cafeteria, dining, auditorium seating: Poltrona Frau, Lepere. Additional seating: Moroso. Office Side Chair: De La Espada. Classroom, atrium, reception seating: Vitra. Atrium/reception benches: Moroso custom. Café & entry lounge computer bar: Lamer Woodworking. Side seating: De La Espada. bar/counter stools, Project Room Stool, I.T. storage room stool: Inform Interiors/Tom Dixon Slab Stool. Upholstery: Maharam; Divina Melange. Conference Room Table: Master Furniture Makers. Dining Tables: Lamer Woodworking. Lab/training tables: Lamer Woodworking. Other tables: Lamer Woodworking, Moroso, Bensen/Inform Interiors, Straight Up. Shelving: Straight Up Carpentry; Nikolai; Legend Custom Woodworking. Architectural woodworking: Lamer Woodworking, Straight Up, Nikolai, Legend Custom Woodworking. Planters, accessories: Coro, Lepere. Signage/wayfinding]: RayGun Digital, Pacific Window Tint, Engrave Your Tech, Square Root Industries, Tice Industries, Kelly Reid Consulting, ES & A Sign and Awning. Plumbing fixtures: Elkay, Hans Grohe, Toto, Kohler, Chicago, Duravit.

where
Location: Eugene, OR. Total floor area: 40,000 sq. ft. No. of floors: 3. Average floor size: +/- 13,000 sq. ft. per level. Total staff size: 30-40.

 


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