Chapman Hall, home to the Clark Honors College, was built in 1939 and designed by UO architect Ellis Lawrence. Working closely with the user group, Hennebery Eddy helped the Honors College preserve the original character while designing a complete rehabilitation, from seismic and accessibility upgrades to state-of-the-art living and learning facilities. The historic university renovation design responds to the original features and configurations of the building, reflecting its traditional academic nature while transcending these boundaries by blending formal and informal elements.
The hall isn’t simply a place for students to attend classes several hours a day — Chapman is honors students’ home away from home. To this end, we integrated six different types of social and common spaces into the design. Classrooms are intentionally small, supporting ongoing dialogue between students and instructors. The third-floor library embraces the historic nature of a formal reading room while also offering modern amenities to facilitate group work sessions.
The rehabilitation also addresses deferred maintenance and building system upgrades, including new energy-efficient HVAC and MEP systems to both reduce operational costs and improve overall comfort. On track for LEED Gold certification, our renovation design proves not only that historic buildings can achieve high-performing, net-positive outcomes, but that they can even exceed sustainable design goals — all without compromise to the design integrity, historic features, or budget.
“Visitors and donors who visit the new building are amazed — they think we added area because the renovation feels so much bigger inside.”
— Renee Dorjahn,
Director of Finance and Administration, University of Oregon
Chapman Hall — originally used for home economics, English, and a bookstore — prior to the renovation.