Hennebery Eddy is working with Western Oregon University to renovate two buildings that will strengthen the campus identity and showcase technology, the arts, and community connections.
WOU acquired the 65,000sf former Oregon Military Academy on the northeast edge of campus with plans to establish a Welcome Center for prospective students, alumni, and the community. The two-story, brick-clad and steel-framed building was constructed in 1992 around an enclosed asphalt courtyard used to conduct military drills.
The new center will serve as a welcoming place for visitors, including multi-generational families, that is easy to locate with clear wayfinding and universal accessibility. A two-story, light-filled lobby will organize the departments supporting the new student experience, alumni relations, and event services. The courtyard will become a landscaped oasis, arranged in a series of gathering areas reflecting the patchwork of mid-Willamette Valley agricultural fields. Large conference facilities and public gathering spaces will open onto the courtyard, which be a departure point for campus tours. Campus operations are supported by new spaces for mail and printing services, with convenient delivery access.
The renovated Instructional Technology Center will provide a safe and comfortable home for the Arts and Design Department and the university’s most technology-focused majors. Located in the heart of campus, the 1915, Jacobean-style building will feature flexible production spaces that include opportunities to display the department’s process and instructional program content. Voluntary seismic, mechanical, electrical, and IT upgrades to the three-story, masonry structure prioritize safety and comfort.
A new arrival experience will transform the building’s connection to campus, highlighted by a new art gallery and student collaboration lounge. A ground-floor installation gallery will allow students to explore the creation of 3D works that alter viewers’ perception of space. Faculty and staff offices will be reconfigured around a 40-person conference room, improving building circulation and wayfinding that has degraded over decades of building remodels.
Construction by GBC Construction is expected to be complete in fall 2020.