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University Of Oregon, John E. Jaqua Academic Center For Student Athletes

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects,Firm 151

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University of Oregon


  • Hoffman Construction Co.
  • Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • Electrical Engineer: Interface Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineer: Interface Engineering
  • Plumbing Engineer: Interface Engineering
  • Arup
  • Civil Engineer: Harper Houf Peterson Righellis
  • Geotechnical Engineer: GRI Geotechnical & Environmental Consultants
  • Landscape Architect: Charles Anderson Landscape Architecture
  • Altermatt Associates
  • Interface
  • Rolf Jensen & Associates
  • Rosa Serra
  • Basil Childers
  • Bob Lambie
  • Lamer Woodworking
  • Tice Industries
  • Delta AV
  • Pete Eckert

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40,000 sq. feet
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Project Description

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects • The jury was tiring of the all-glass building trend when it paused on the University of Oregon John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes. Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects transformed a parking lot on the edge of campus into a glazed structure with four nearly identical façades situated in a reflecting pool. A custom curtain-wall assembly—a layer of monolithic glass separated from the interior insulating glass by a stainless steel screen—wraps the perfectly square floor plan.

Crystalline and elegant on the outside, the project offers 40,000 square feet of state-of-the-art learning facilities on the inside: an auditorium, study areas, offices, a library, a computer lab, and student lounges. Natural light bathes the carefully detailed and furnished spaces. Innovative art installations and eye-catching environmental graphics celebrate the achievements of UO alums—jocks and bookworms alike. “It’s a project that follows through on the interior,” juror Scott Kilbourn noted, with an unwitting sports reference.
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