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Friday Update December 13, 2013

Student Experience Center project:

Weather Issues:

The weather has caused a work stoppage.  ACCO will issue a Work Stoppage Letter to Larrie.

The building site is frozen down 4-5 inches.  The concrete cure process has slowed to a halt.

Contractors have had no work doe to safety concerns for slips/falls and heavy equipment movement has been halted.

They have put heat to the forms, bringing the tented areas to 80 degrees, but the propane burners bring in so much moisture that has been a detriment.

There is 3’ of snow that has slid down the hole and accumulated at the bottom that must be melted, and then the site de-watered. This means that slab work is halted; waterproofing is halted and concrete tests on Pour 3 at 3800 and 3900 psi, Pour 4 at 1700 psi.

Hydro-Thaw equipment is not available in the Pacific Northwest so they are trying to build their own.

Crane build and install delayed – looking at weekend of 1/4/13.  The crane site is frozen and they cannot dig and place steel for outriggers.  Any deliveries or activities affected please let me know.

Contractors back Friday.  They will heat walls to 50 degrees, strip forms, thaw the site and are willing to work shifts to make up time.

Additional Issues:

Additional submittal for our review – plumbing.

John reviewed your request for info on the large Kiln and is having PAE respond.

Stair 4, absent wood steps and replaced by concrete, must now be reengineered.

Commissioning meeting with Systems West is set for Thursday.

Memorial Union East project:

No Meeting.

MUE Furniture Meeting:  Review and selections made.  Sounds like Opsis is going to have a package that will not exceed $25K, so no bid process required.

Jefferson Street Closure December 2013

Closure of Jefferson St. for electrical service to the MU:

December 16th to 31st, 2013.

Closure of the Jefferson St. entryway to the MU:

December 16th, 2013 to January 3rd, 2014.

Alternate pathways to the MU during closure:

Deliveries:  26th and Jefferson corner, with smaller deliveries still being allowed to back in to the dock.

ADA entryway:  SW entrance to the Commons is the closest path of travel for ADA, other entries from South of the MU.  All North ADA entries to the MU accessible via the North MU Sidewalk, connecting from the East via the South Strand Ag sidewalk, which will begin receiving its temporary protective crane work cover sometime around 12/23/13.

Additional closures:

Jefferson St. will be closed to Waldo Place for crane erection from December 16th to 27th, 2013.

Waldo Place will be closed from December 17th and 18th, 2013.

Friday Update – Nov. 22, 2013

Weekly Update-11-22


Student Experience Center:

  • Strand Hall construction starts the first of the year at the North end.  Coordination of work with Strand is planned.
  • Salvaged wood priorities still need clarification.  Red oak quantity is limited with use on stairs.  Memorial Union has continually requested this wood be used for furniture.
  • 1st and 2nd wall pours are done.
  • This building will use traction elevators instead of piston driven.  Clarifications id package close to completion.
  • Building permit is close to approval.
  • Value engineering still underway, many items deferred until information requests fulfilled.  Two items of note:
    • West Canopy benches still in review, with the generation of additional design iterations.  Architect wants to hold onto bulb-out as a design element, Memorial Union continues to advise to keep length and lose bulb-outs.  Impasse?  Not yet.  How about asking the Architect to draw in in the additional canopy furniture so we are not looking at these designs in isolation?  Then we might be able to see the true picture of the area and make a decision rather than waste more design time.
    • Stainless screen material substitution has not yielded a significant dollar amount, Memorial Union requests the stainless material not be substituted.
    • Craft Center equipment identification process is underway for ACCO MEP to know which specific equipment goes where, its electrical connections, special needs like hoods or exhaust.
    • SEC Furniture meeting set for 12/4.
    • Opsis to clarify with artist what the plan is for attaching the art work to the building structure. Credits and add alternates to follow.
    • Opsis working with Eric Utter to get design completed on schedule.
    • RFI list is still less than one page, which shows the excellent coordination going on between Owner, Architect and Contractor.

Memorial Union East Wing (MUE):

  • Contract in review by Oregon State University (OSU)
  • Building permit partially complete.
  • Many product submittals due in next two weeks.
  • 12/10 Historic Review Commission meeting to review relocated emergency generator.
  • Jefferson St. to close for 2 – 3 days for electrical service to be bored under street, sidewalk and landscaping to new service transformer locations in south MU planting area.
  • Jefferson St. entrance to be closed throughout Winter Break, from 12/16 – 1/5, estimated.  Formal notification to come once, dates are worked out with subcontractors.
  • Work in the building to clear area for electrical service equipment almost complete.  Light Room is last to move.  Setting dates now.
  • MURFS, food vendors and OSU Catering have provided schedules for this effort.
  • Awaiting word from ACCO whether any demo and prep of walls, etc. of electrical service area is to be expected over Winter Break.  Will affect project scheduling for MU Building Services, Event Services. Credits,
  • MUE Furniture follow-up meeting scheduled.
  • MU supplied doors meeting resistance as design elements for Room 49.  Handing issues, general condition, significant glazing change and acoustical properties causing concern.  ACCO will provide pricing for new vs. reconditioning the MU doors to new service so MU can decide if they really want these doors to be used in this location.
  • Art glass from Germany for Room 49 wall a very long lead item and risky as an element in a wall designed for a high level of acoustic deadening.  Review of wall acoustic criteria requested.
  • Laser level reveals significant grad issues in MUE floor slabs.  In one location in the multi-purpose room, the grade changes 1 ¾” in 11 feet.  Opsis and ACCO looking into several ways to remedy the problem, as well as cost of remedies vs. installing a wooden floor on uneven sleepers.
  • OSU is looking into changing keyways throughout the MU.  OSU will order keyway cores for MUE.
  • ACCO leading meeting to review Fire Alarm and Fire Sprinkler conditions ties to the MU building and coordinate shutdowns before work takes place.
  • Several early work assignment (EWA) outstanding issues resolved:
    • 109 door
    • 109 strobe
    • Stairwell paint finish
    • Many Hands door bumpers

SEC Groundbreaking Video

OSU exterior sm-lowRes

Last spring term, the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the start of the Student Experience Center.  Student leaders began working on creating a home for student programs and services in 2006.  Many of the past leaders were at attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony.  Here area some of their thought about this new building on the OSU campus. VIDEO LINK

What is in a name?

Over the planning phase of the new building, the working title for the building has been the Student Experience Center (SEC).  Before that time gets carved into stone (literally), the planning and policy committee wants input from the community it there are other options.  So be a part of history, give us your suggestions for a name of the new building and also a name for the covered plaza between the Memorial Union and the new building.  The only rule is that it cannot be named after a person.  Fill out the online form at  Deadline is March 15th.

July 11th Schematic Design

Schematic design floor plans, including the discussion that took place during the restart meetings with media and thecraft center.



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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

MU East Wing

While reviewing renovation options and cost effective strategies earlier this week, committee members, alongside Opsis architects, and Anderson engineers focused on maximizing leasable space while creating an open, experientially pleasing feel.

MU conversation highlighted committee direction. Is retail space in or out relative to the north end? Will rooms be successful and programmatically useful at their current size? Many questions arose, however top priority was awarded to the cultural kitchen under the pretense that concluding that space would allow for build out.

Homework for the next week will be the resolution of program placement in an effort to lock in individual spatial needs. Concurrently, Opsis will create a package of organized options defining expectations and scoping documents.

Craft Center

Craft Center representatives came prepared for their meeting with Opsis, equipped with a presentation highlighting all concerns, necessities, and wishes. Among many ideas presented came the preference for an LCD screen on the first floor in an effort to increase their presence throughout the building. Additionally designs were suggested for a mini store, gift gallery, and student/faculty storage among many foundational necessities.

With this information at hand, Opsis and Anderson will calculate cost difference while Craft Center representatives examine general options presented to them for the closest fit.


After looking over notes supplied by the SAPC, Opsis incorporated changes into SEC layout. Though concerns were voiced about maximum space capacities for offices, architects were quick to remind all that the building is still in the allocating stage. Once that is polished, committees will begin looking at individual group arrangements.

Questions concerning the first floor were appeased, as it was decided that the stair-style seating area would be removed, with the possibility of a food cart in its place. Additionally, in what may have been one of the most controversial discussions, it was decided that the International Resource Center would be placed in what was once retail space.

An area that hasn’t received much attention in this blog, the plaza between the MU and SEC, was highlighted during the meeting. Discussion focused on the need for a fire lane, permanent benches to help define the space, possible stage locations, stage cover and power box locations. The covered portion of the plaza will be around 60 feet by 135 feet or 8,400 square feet; however, to further plan for the space architects will need a cleared idea of what it will be used for.

Student Media

Opsis showed new floor plans for the fourth floor of the SEC to Student Media and requested feedback on their incorporation of warranted changes. A few issues arose such as the problem of mixed light coming into the TV studio, the edit bay size, need for a widow between the two radio studios, a window in the control room and the placement of a TV screen on the first floor to stream what is happening on the fourth floor.

Additionally, Student Media began discussion about a possible change of location of the stairwell which would benefit them, but sparks concern of how it would affect the arrangement of rooms on the fourth floor. 

Updated news on the antenna/microwave dish on the roof of the SEC revealed a strong possibility of the antenna tower finding a home atop a different building.  If the tower does end up on the SEC, it will be a simple pole, rising forty feet in the air, not the traditional tower currently residing on Snell Hall.

Accessibility Workshop

Opsis started this workshop with a review of the SEC project.  The design incorporates several components, historic appearance, campus flow of people, LEED certification, campus master plan and the principles of universal design.

Each floor of the building was highlight and reviewed, indicating various ADA elements incorporated into the design. Concerns from students included campus parking, ADA access from other parts of the campus to the building, ADA access on campus during construction and renovation, and emergency exits from the workspace. Other circumstances warranting attention were; location of bike parking in front of the SEC blocking foot and wheelchair flow into the building, size of restroom turn-a-round space, adaptable workspaces, and entrance over hands to cover students as they enter the building.

SEC Architect Review

On Wednesday, April 25th, Opsis Architecture, Andersen Construction and OSU Construction Management meet with Student Experience Center and Memorial Union East Wing renovation committees. The focus was restarting the planning process after a break of a little more than year.  Below are notes from the three group meetings.  These meetings will reoccur every other week into June.

Student Experience Center

Last week marked a crucial point in design development as meetings between architects and various project committees commenced. Current effort is focused on both budget and the re-orientation of project understanding and adaptability which was stunted earlier last year during the design/programming phase. Fortunately decisions that need to be made concerning the Student Experience Center budget doesn’t appear to be impacting floor plans or square footage, but have more to do with materials, structure, furnishings, finishing, etc.

Each floor plan was reviewed for any significant changes that may have procured over the six month break, which revealed two obvious adjustments in building layout. The HSRC will no longer be located in the facility and questions have been surfaced concerning whether the mediation room will be a tenant of the SEC or MU. With that in mind, decisions about the vacant space left behind by the HSRC and determination about the mediation room location will be at the forefront of Space Allocation Committee conversations over the next two weeks.

James Meyer, Head Project Architect from Opsis provided the committee with a tentative timeline revealing the upcoming campus planning committee at the end of June and Historic Review Commission soon after. Construction is projected to begin in the fall with the intention of a January 16th 2015 completion date.

For the next two weeks, the committee will concentrate on further examination of layout and the “Detailed Project Program” book. Questions, concerns, and alterations will need to be communicated as soon as possible in order to revise assumptions on current spatial needs and desires.

MU East Wing Renovation

On April 25th, the MU East Wing Committee and Architects from Opsis assembled to discuss the most difficult yet pertinent issue in any construction project, the budget. With legislature permitting a maximum amount of $9,177,500 for the project and ACCO projected costs amounting to $14,733,588, drastic cuts are warranted.

Due to its smaller renovation, the Memorial Union has a much more challenging delta than the Student Experience Center. A refresher in site/building analysis opened up discussion of possible changes in programming and schematic designs that could alleviate financial pressure. These consisted of tenant locations, as well as overall facility furnishing, engineering, and floor plan. The reorientation of project details is significant in that it affects both the large concern, being the Historical Review, and small yet noteworthy points such as duct work and ceiling consistencies.

Discussion on the construction of the second Ballroom was long-lasting as ideas flowed concerning space partitioning, external features and acoustical criteria. The thought behind this, and all other aspects of the renovation, is to include the least amount of things possible in an attempt to avoid future manipulations and increase room flexibility.  

Another important aspect of the MU renovation is the accessibility and connectivity of the facility. With the addition of new stairs to increase pedestrian flow as well as a mezzanine level exit, elevator, and expanded Jefferson street entrance, the renovated east wing is planned to be one of the most user-friendly places on campus.

Over the next few weeks, it will be the primary priority of the Mu East Wing Committee to examine every aspect of the renovation project and find what can be cut out or done in a different way.  The meeting on Wednesday wasn’t meant for decision making but instead the brainstorming of possible modifications. Finding 30-40% of the budget is quite the job but as James Meyers, Head Architect of Opsis said, “It’s a big number, which just means we need big ideas about what to do.”

Student Media Center (SEC 4th Floor)

A Meeting on April 25th between Student Media and architects from Opsis examined priorities for construction progress over the next couple of weeks. On Wednesday, primary attention was spent on scope perception and the understanding of technology deliverance and appliance. At this time, input is exceedingly valuable, where as in six months it will be more difficult to incorporate into the project.

Discrepancies in the rough floor plan and schematic final were revealed, illuminating a need for the review and resolution of layout desires. Current plans feature an open space with areas of privacy for ad sales and confidential conversations.

As of today, time is being taken to further discuss the details, and a document is being drawn up of adjacencies and so forth. Over the next two weeks project leaders will work to confirm that the most recent spreadsheet is correct while architects look over discrepancies and create images of open and private offices.

OSU Seeks Bond Funding as State Legislature Begins

As the Oregon Legislature begins its month long session this week, one of the items before it is the approval for OSU to sell bond for purposed building projects, including the student backed “Student Experience Center” to replace the structurally unsound Snell Hall.  Building funds have already been approved; the Legislature just needs to approve the sale of bonds to begin construction.

The Corvallis Gazette Times had an article yesterday explaining the process.  You can read it at this link.


Canopy Passes Approve Step

One more step forward in the planning process for the Student Experience Center (SEC).  Last week, the Campus Design group approved the canopy cover for the plaza between the SEC and the Memorial Union.

The Campus Design committee would like some issues accommodated in the design:

1.         The separation between the “walk-zone” and the “event space” will have to become more pronounced.  We don’t want to confuse people by having them walk under the canopy thru the event space sometimes, then have to change their route if an event is occurring.  There are several ways to do this, perhaps it would be the choice of material for the pathway, like in the brick mall and link up pathways.

2.         The area that is to be the walk-way will not end up being covered by the canopy.  The only exception is we may try and provide rain protection between the SEC and the canopy.

3.         The Campus Design group is still working to resolve the ADA parking issues around this campus area, but at a minimum, we are obligated to replace six ADA parking spaces.

4.         The south edge of the plaza at Jefferson will also be redesigned to accommodate the changes mentioned above.

All in all, these are good outcomes that will improve the accessibility of everyone on campus to make moving around and through this area easier.

SEC Planning & Construction Postponed

The Oregon Legislature needed to approve of the SEC/MU project to give OUS the authorization to proceed with bond sales and therefore the construction.  For the past several weeks, we have been answering questions about the project, as legislative members on the House Ways and Means Capital Construction Committee raised them with OSU officials.  I regret to inform you that the committee failed to include the SEC/MU project in HB5006.  This will cause us a significant delay that will postpone the completion of our Design Development Phase scheduled to begin in July for an undetermined number of months and also delay construction completion beyond our desired summer of 2013.   The failure to approve of a non-State funded construction project is unusual.  I cannot recall a similar situation in my twenty-five years, but there’s a first time for everything.

The delay has many complicating side effects that we are still trying to measure.  The most important message that I can give you now is that we will not give up pursuing what the students of the institution have legitimately approved through their vote.  We have followed every procedural expectation over the five-year path to get to this point.  Likewise, we must also learn to adjust our planning with this delay…no matter how much we each may feel the disappointment or dislike the effects.  Today will feel insignificant when we compare it to the elation of stepping into these new program homes for the first time or the benefits that will come from the collaborations and improved resources for highly valued student experiences

Michael Henthorne, Director OSU Memorial Union

Minutes, Updates, Pictures and Presentations

There have been updates to both the Consulting Firm’s Minutes link and the Construction Committee link.  Both are at the top of the SEC & MU Planning & Construction homepage.  The minutes on the Consulting Firm’s link are from Opsis Architect’s last visit.  They include proposal for the layout of the SEC, what has been referred to as “Blocking & Stacking”.  These can give you a working idea of how the building might be organized.  There are also pictures of student committee members providing impute on the different concepts.

On the Construction Committees link is minutes from their last meeting were they discussed the use of under floor ductwork and LEED Certification standards and options.  There will be more on the under floor system in the next post.  They have also posted a presentation by consultants for energy-efficient and sustainable buildings.  Giving the committee members more background and knowledge as we move closer to the construction phase.

L.P. Science Center Photo Tour

The SEC Construction Committee received a tour of the Linus Pauling Science Center.  The tour was conducted by Andersen Construction the general contractor for the LPSC and will also be the general contractor for the SEC.  The Andersen’s principal plays for the SEC project were all there to answer question. 

1. One of the upright blue cylinders produces all the hot water for the MU West end.

2. This is what building grounding systems look like. The MU does not have this.3. This series of conduits contains the total electricity requirement for LPI.

4. Electrical distribution systems at LPI.

5. Some day the MU will upgrade to this technology.

6. Overhead electrical branching and distribution, including emergency circuits.

7. Bob checks out the cardboard covering the new doorjambs to protect them prior to handover of the building from Contractor to Owner.

8. Terrible photo of the largest steel beam I have ever seen.

9. Electrical distribution room. Transformers mounted overhead to save space.

10. Electrical distribution room. Transformers mounted overhead to save space.

11. Electrical distribution room. Transformers mounted overhead to save space.

12. Electrical distribution room. Transformers mounted overhead to save space.

This room as well as the lab on the right are almost complete. The tegular ceiling and furniture are all that’s missing. The hallway in the middle is 50% done. Anderson has mastered the complexity of installing building systems according to schedule.

14. I almost cried when I saw these neatly segregated energy piping systems. These will all be represented on a 3D Building Information Management (BIM) tool that gets handed over to the Owner upon job completion. The SEC gets its own BIM set. Can we find how a system gets its energy supply on the first try? We can with BIM!

14. I almost cried when I saw these neatly segregated energy piping systems. These will all be represented on a 3D Building Information Management (BIM) tool that gets handed over to the Owner upon job completion. The SEC gets its own BIM set. Can we find how a system gets its energy supply on the first try? We can with BIM!

16. I almost cried when I saw these neatly segregated energy piping systems. These will all be represented on a 3D Building Information Management (BIM) tool that gets handed over to the Owner upon job completion. The SEC gets its own BIM set. Can we find how a system gets its energy supply on the first try? We can with BIM!

17. Gary stands next to red colored conduits denoting the power path for the fire system.

18. Part of the seismic support system for LPI. This brace is filled with concrete and should it be needed during an earthquake, it is designed to move and allow the building to bend and move some while staying standing. It would need to be replaced after the event if the building was deemed safe and returned to full use.

19. Given the many labs in the building there is a significant amount of moving air needed. All this ducting is stainless steel, the longest lived and most impermeable ducting available right now.

20. Mike and the guys take in the sights of the atrium and the highly coveted (soon to be) offices to the right.

21. This beam will remain visible to the public for years to come and is a great way to commemorate and honor the work it takes to raise a building in the 21st Century.

22. This is a 2 hour fire rated wall. It has two thicknesses of 5/8” drywall. Each drywall sheet is 4’ x 12’ and weighs 120 lbs. In this 12 foot wall section there are 6 sheets totaling 720 lbs. Throw in the studs, fasteners, tape and texture and the wall weight approaches half a ton per 12 foot span.


23. One of the results of Historic review, this screen wall started its design life as metal and, after review, became a cast stone screen. It’s made with screen inside in such a way as to remain under tension, making it thinner, stronger and less likely to crack. It’s also able to take on thermal loads on a west facing wall with less maintenance over time. Beauty part: It completely conceals the HVAC systems behind it. Better design over time = changed expectations for Owner.

24. Jay and Bob are grinning after Wendell told them they could touch the shiny metal. Actually, they’re looking at the leading edge HVAC system. The overhead ducting was designed and built with BIM technology. It was created off site and trucked in pieces up to 35 ft long, instead of the usual 5 – 7 foot pieces that then had to be welded in the air and hung on the job site. This represents a significant savings in installation time to the Owner.

25. This is the construction “laydown” area where tools, equipment, materials and logistical activities such as deliveries are made to the jobsite. This example displaces a significant amount of space. Our building will not have the complexity of LPI nor will our laydown area need to be as large. This area also supports a second building.

26. This is the construction “laydown” area where tools, equipment, materials and logistical activities such as deliveries are made to the jobsite. This example displaces a significant amount of space. Our building will not have the complexity of LPI nor will our laydown area need to be as large. This area also supports a second building.

27. These metal bands across the studs are backers for hanging things like pictures, cabinets, etc., that the owner typically does during the 6 – 12 months of outfitting that comes after construction. We want these everywhere that something can conceivably be hung or mounted.


How many of you saw the movie “Field of Dreams”?  Remember the in end of the film when James Earl Jones’ character gets invited into the cornfield where the baseball players go?  Into the Great Unforeseen?  Remember how he first sticks a hand into the corn, feeling the leaves, then quickly withdraws it, giggling nervously?  Then, he walks bravely into his future while the camera does a cutaway back to the present.

That’s where we are, Right Now.  Our design efforts have been like a whole covey of James Earl Jones characters reaching into that cornfield, grasping onto nothing, giggling, nervously, waiting for answers to our questions about where we’ll end up and what we’ll do and who’ll be in there and who won’t.

What?  Why is that?

The answer is that we have not completed Step One yet.  So, at present, we find ourselves still standing on the edge of that cornfield, peering in, while waiting for whatever comes next.

What exactly does come next?

Remember, we are James Earl Jones here.  We have to let the ballplayers guide us into the future.  We have to finish gathering and providing information to the architect team so they can begin converting that information into sizes and shapes in space.  That conversion process then comes back to us to review, suggest, change and finally ensure it is accurate enough to complete Step One, which is when we begin to discover the size, shape and layout of the building.  Then, having completely entered that cornfield, that Great Unknown, we will be able to see what our efforts have gained us in vision and certainty.

Then what, you might ask?

Step Two is further investment into the process of making the form of the building take shape.  We team up with the ballplayers (B&D), and stride further into the cornfield, hoping to determine whether all that initial fear and nervousness was warranted when the corn leaves first tickled our forearms and we felt alone, nervous and uncertain.

What exactly are we doing here?

We are participating in that age-old phrase, “Form Follows Function”.  We are making the building take form.  Together with B&D (the ballplayers), we are giving the building its shape as we work the information collection process and meet to discuss and verify our collective vision. 

This is how that is done for every building, though most efforts don’t attract quite this size of a stakeholder crowd.  So our work is like baseball in another sense:  there we stand in right field.  The other stakeholders are in their positions in the infield, in center field, behind home plate:  chewing gum, squinting into the sun, waiting for the windup to begin…the sun is warm, a bee is grazing nearby clover, the sky is so blue it hurts your eyes to look at it (Moonlight Graham, right, Julia?)…then – CRACK!  A LINE DRIVE COMING YOUR WAY!  It’s your turn to make a decision!  What do you say?

If you want a building to learn how to be, you have to pay its tuition in making decisions.  This small piece of writing is like that.  Why did I pick the cornfield?  I needed a symbol to convey the utter powerlessness we have to control the future.  The future is unknown to us.  Or as one of my favorite authors put it:

 “The future is no more controllable than it is predictable.  The only reliable attitude to take towards the future is that it is profoundly, structurally unavoidably perverse.  The rest of the iron rule is:  whatever you are ready for, doesn’t happen; whatever you are unready for, does.”                         -Stewart Brand

So this exercise we are engaged in is the first step towards identifying our future.  All we know for certain now is 4 walls and a roof.  The rest comes one step at a time.

Andersen Construction Selected

Andersen Construction of Portland has been selected to construct the Student Experience Center (SEC). They have a lot of experience working on the OSU campus, most recently their projects have included:

Linus Pauling Science Center
OSU Energy Center
Arnold Dining Hall Renovation

They feel that the keys to the success of the SEC project include:

Empowered on-site team
Advocate for students
Keep OSU “open for business”
Deliver GMP that meets OSU’s expectations
Meet OSU’s timetables
Bring an earth friendly, sustainable project
Proactive to City’s requirements & concerns

One of the Andersen team for this project is Hayley Brown, who graduated from the OSU in Construction Engineering Management program last June. Part of Hayley’s duties will be to work with student groups, advocate for students and lines of communication between OSU students and Andersen Construction. Here is their website.

SEC Architect Chosen

Eleven architectural firms from across the United States submitted proposals for designing the new student campus building, the Student Experience Center (SEC) and related Memorial Union remodel. The group was narrowed down to five firms that were invited campus to present to the committee of student leaders and staff. The firm chosen was OPSIS Architecture of Portland, Oregon. OPSIS Architecture is committed to design excellence, sustainable practices, and working in an open environment where shared ideas lead to collaborative vision-making. We seek out the potential within each project to create architecture that is both innovative and enduring and is distinguished by its specific response to context, program, and culture. We emphasize a commitment to inclusive design, place making, environmental sensitivity, and craftsmanship.

Their consulting partners in this project are:

Interior Design: OPSIS Design, Portland Oregon
Historical Preservation: Peter Meijer Architect, PC, Portland Oregon
Higher Education Consultant: Brailsford & Dunlavey, Washington DC
Technology Consultant: Sparling, Portland Oregon
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: PAE Consulting Engineers, Portland Oregon
Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers, Portland OR
Civil Engineer: Balzhiser & Hubbard Engineers, Eugene Oregon
Landscape Architecture: Walker Macy, Portland Oregon

The construction firm will be chosen in January 2011.

Space Planning Committee

Responsible for the space plan, occupancy and collaboration with architects to develop the SEC interior office, program and service areas. This group will meld into a policy recommendation group at the conclusion of the building programming phase.

SEC Construction Committee

Responsible for construction coordination, general purpose and public space planning, construction budget, timelines and minimizing impact on campus and using sustainable systems/finishes. Coordinates w/ architects for historical district fit, LEED certification, and public space planning.

Memorial Union East Wing Committee

Responsible for MU space plan, occupancy recommendations and collaboration with architects to program the MU East Wing and any other space necessary to serve remaining Snell programs not housed in the SEC. Make recommendations on vacancies in MU created by relocation to SEC.