Opsis Architecture

Opsis Architecture

Portland, OR


University of Oregon Ford Alumni Center

The 60,000 sf Ford Alumni Center is a model for 21st century higher education work environments and public spaces that connect communities. The building is the new “front door” for the University, housing an interactive campus visitors center, a 200-seat ballroom and offices for the University Office of Development, Alumni Association and University Foundation. The ground floor, Oregon Story, interactive multi-media experience serves as a launching point for prospective students’ campus tours and invites building users to explore the legacy of the institution and its graduates through touch-activated tables and 9-foot-high, sliding “cascade panels.” A ten-foot fireplace in the lobby offers an inviting atmosphere, creating an casual space for studying and meeting. Each floor overlooks the light-filled atrium where views throughout the entire building connect users creating a strong sense of community. All department conference rooms, lounges and meeting spaces are grouped together along the outer wall, allowing latitude of use throughout the day and evening. Intimate lounges bookend each floor providing places for impromptu, casual meetings.

The design is one of the most innovative office workspaces for higher education, achieving maximum flexibility with a raised floor system, movable walls and office furnishings. The open plan design is so adaptable that it accommodated several program organization changes during construction and will continue to transform over time in response to changing needs. The linear floor plate and atrium bring natural light and views to every work space. An Oregon fir wood screen provides visual privacy for office spaces and creates a warm interior. Original art is integrated into the design, including wood carvings by the renowned sculptor, Rick Bartow, and a 9 x 18 foot oil canvas by celebrated artist, Lucinda Parker.

The facility was built concurrently with the adjacent Matthew Knight Arena and sits above a 300-car underground parking structure that serves both projects. The exterior design reflects the adjacent Arena through the use of aluminum panels and glass curtain walls. The Ford Alumni Center is registered for LEED Gold certification.

Opsis Architecture served as the Architect of Record and Interior Architect. TVA Architects served as the Building Architect.

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Status: Built
Location: Eugene, OR, US
Firm Role: Architect of Record and Interior Architect
Additional Credits: TVA Architects, Building Architect