Construction moving quickly at Roseburg Forest Products Headquarters

Construction is moving at a brisk pace at Roseburg Forest Product's new headquarters building in Springfield, Oregon. Exterior painting and interior installations are currently underway. Construction will be complete in August 2016. McKenzie Commercial Contractors is the general contractor. 

Originally a furniture store and then the former headquarters for Northwest Community Credit Union, this extensive remodel by Roseburg Forest Products showcases Roseburg's extensive product line and include: 20,000 sf hardwood ceiling, exposed LVL joists, and AC plywood panels. DIRTT walls and their sleek, modern aesthetic were also used as a sharp contrast to the more utilitarian construction materials, and allow for the seamless integration of technology and for future flexibility as Roseburg's tech needs change over time.

Here are some before and and construction (in-process) shots of the space that illustrate the overall dramatic results of the remodel: a bold new face on the building, a lighter, brighter interior with connected work spaces and a refreshed material palette that reflects the RFP company culture and brand.

33 East Broadway project featured in Register Guard

A permit was put in this month to build a four-story office building, dubbed “33 East Broadway,” on a parking lot just one-eighth of an acre in size, next to the One East Broadway building Rowell Brokaw Architects owns and works out of. (rendering by Rowell Brokaw)


By Elon Glucklich
The Register-Guard
MAY 29, 2016

Architects Greg Brokaw and John Rowell and business owner Kaz Oveissi are close to breaking ground on a significant new building in downtown Eugene.

But this isn’t the controversial on-hold proposal to build an apartment and retail building on Broadway Plaza, the city-owned public space known better as Kesey Square.

Rather, the group applied for a permit this month to build a four-story office building, dubbed “33 East Broadway,” on a parking lot just one-eighth of an acre in size, next to the One East Broadway building Rowell Brokaw Architects owns and works out of.

The tiny parking lot backs onto the Park Blocks.

The building figures to be a major infill project for downtown Eugene, rising 60 feet, Brokaw said. The One East Broadway building, directly across from Kesey Square, is just 35 feet tall.

The new building would be nearly as tall as the Wells Fargo bank building, 33 East Broadway’s neighbor to the east.

The partners have been working on the plan for many months.

Construction could start in six to eight weeks, he said, putting the roughly $4 million building on track to open in mid-2017.

“We’re definitely on target for this summer,” Brokaw said. “We’re wrapping up our financing. That seems to be going well,” he said, adding the group is finalizing the list of partners and investors in the project.

Rowell Brokaw will move its business from One East Broadway to 33 East Broadway when construction is complete. Oveissi is expected to move his carpet business into the building as well, Brokaw said.

Two local businesses Brokaw declined to name — one a technology firm and the other a “service” company — also have signed on as part owners and tenants in the building, which Brokaw said should be at least 80 percent occupied when it opens.

“We really see this as a building of owner-­occupiers,” Brokaw said. “It reduces risk as a development, because we get our owner investments and tenants in one fell swoop. It puts us all on the same page, instead of some people being tenants and others owners.”

The building’s exterior will be made of traditional metal and cement. But the group plans to build the floors with cross-laminated timber beams, a growing trend in construction. The beams are made from layers of wood glued together, similar to traditional laminated beams but larger and stronger.

It’s the same material Springfield officials hope to use for a proposed city-owned parking garage in the Glenwood area.

“We’ll be the first (cross-laminated timber) building, I believe, in Eugene-Springfield,” Brokaw said.

The group filed preliminary planning documents with the city in October detailing the plan. Before that, Rowell, Brokaw and Oveissi considered a six-story building on the lot, with 29 apartment units in addition to the office space. But they couldn’t round up money for the project and scaled it back to four stories with no housing, Brokaw said.

The trio has envisioned a building on the lot since they bought it and the One East Broadway building in 2004.

The recession stalled the plan, but the group started seeing momentum swing in its favor a few years ago, as growing tech firms such as IDX, Palo Alto Software, Concentric Sky and Lunar Logic set up downtown.

“When you see the movement in the technology industry down there, I can easily see where we’re going to see a need for more office space downtown,” Brokaw said. “Some new technology companies have been moving into town. They see there’s real livability here. People can afford to buy houses. There’s been a lot of interest.”

Marathon Madness at Crescent Village this past weekend

RB's Frank Visconti, who lives in Crescent Village, snapped this photo from his balcony on Saturday at the start of the second annual Pacific Northwest Marathon.  Starting and finishing at Crescent Village, the Pacific Northwest Marathon is one of the flattest marathons in Oregon. Race organizers say it's a good race for beginners and a chance to help runners qualify for the Boston Marathon. In 2015, more than 10% of the marathon finishers qualified for Boston.

For race results and more photos visit:

Fred Kent, Project for Public Spaces visits Eugene

Kaarin Knudson takes AIA SWO Design Excellence speaker, Fred Kent, on a walking tour of Eugene (photo by Terri Harding)

Fred Kent, founder and president of Project for Public Spaces (PPS), visited Eugene last week as part of the AIA SWO Design Excellence Making Great Cities Lecture Series. He is known throughout the world as a dynamic speaker and prolific ideas man. A leading authority on revitalizing city spaces and one of the foremost thinkers in livability, smart growth and the future of the city, Fred shared his knowledge and wisdom to a 200+ audience at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.

Traveling over 150,000 miles each year, Fred offers technical assistance to communities and gives major talks across North America and internationally. Each year, he and the PPS staff give presentations or train more than 10,000 people in Placemaking techniques.

For additional information:
SW Oregon Architect's blog post "Placemaking – Making it Happen" 
PPS blog post "Eight Placemaking Principals for Innovation Districts"

The Night for Sight 2016 Gala

We were proud to sponsor The Give Me Sight Foundation Gala which which helps Dr. John Haines and his team purchase surgical supplies and equipment to bring sight to our world’s blind. 

Last Saturday evening, the Shedd Institute welcomed Dr. Haines and friends as they presented the 5th annual A NIGHT FOR SIGHT benefit concert and dinner in celebration and support of his work.

This past February Dr. Haines completed his 25th mission in Thailand and Myanmar. In 2012, he and his wife, Joy, established The Give Me Sight Foundation as a mechanism to raise funds and expand the scope of their mission to return the gift of sight to underserved people around the world.

Rowell Brokaw first met John and Joy Haines when  Rowell Brokaw was selected to design their Oregon Eye iLasik and Refractive Center. Their commitment to bringing sight to those in need is admirable and inspiring. 

Architects in Schools Exhibit part of First Friday Artwalk (May 6)

Don't miss this Friday's Artwalk (5:30-8:00pm) featuring an exhibit of the Eugene Architects in Schools (AiS) programs at three different sites in Downtown Eugene -- Broadway Commerce Center (44 W Broadway), Eugene Public Library (100 W 10th Ave), and The Octagon (92 E Broadway)

The Architects in Schools program matches professional architects, engineers, and design professionals with elementary school teachers for 6-week classroom residencies. Schools included Buena Vista Spanish Immersion School, Camas Ridge Community School, Holt Elementary, and McCornack Elementary. 

Rowell Brokaw staff have led several AiS programs at Eugene area schools over the years including Kelly Middle School, Arts and Technology Academy and now Buena Vista Spanish Immersion School. This year Rowell Brokaw Designer, Britni Jessup, Associate AIA worked with teachers Ricardo Llamas and Yareli Montano at Buena Vista Spanish Immersion School in Eugene. Their classroom project is a temporary disaster relief shelter with regional materials, dealing with seven different disasters from around the world. Connecting design solutions to real-world problems is one of the many ways AiS residencies engage young learners.

On a related note, Rowell Brokaw Project Manager and Planning Specialist, Kaarin Knudson, Associate AIA, currently serves as board member for the Architecture Foundation of Oregon (AFO), which promotes the AiS program throughout Oregon. She and her husband, Patrick Hannah, AIA (also at Rowell Brokaw) have both participated in the AiS program. 

For more information visit: 
May 5 First Friday Artwalk Guide
AFO - Architects in Schools (AiS) newsletter

RB staff and their kiddos help out at Edison's Garden Work Party

Two Edison Elementary students (and kiddos of four RB staff) work hard to build a Tasting Stand at the school's latest garden work party. The Tasting Stand is being constructed through a City of Eugene Neighborhoods Matching Grant. 

RB architect, Lorri Nelson is also an instructor with the UO Service Learning Program through the College of Education where she co-teaches "The Schoolhouse Garden at Edison Elementary School" class. This class brings UO students together with Edison Elementary teachers, students, and families to build and grow a garden. Students learn about food justice, nutrition, and sustainability practices.

The Tasting Stand is like a farm stand, where UO students serve harvested fruits and veggies from the school garden to kids in the garden. Yumm! 



RB wins UO Tykeson College and Careers project

We're happy to announce that Rowell Brokaw in association with Office 52 has been selected to design the new Tykeson College and Careers building at the University of Oregon. We're looking forward to the challenge of designing a new building in the campus core that expresses the UO's unique values and character, that connects to the historic and compelling open spaces, and that pushes the boundaries of the institution's commitment to execute high quality campus environments. 

New photos of UO Columbia 150 Lecture Hall

Recent photos of Columbia Hall 150, 450-seat lecture hall. This completed $2.2M renovation included a reorganization of internal circulation, improved accessibility, and new furnishings, finishes, lighting and audio visual systems. Mainly used for the sciences, the space is available for all disciplines and for evening events.

[Alan Brandt Photography, Bend Oregon]

RB staff tours Roseburg Forest Products Headquarters project

Rowell Brokaw staff toured the Roseburg Forest Products New Headquarters project last week. Currently under construction in Springfield, Oregon, the 40,000 sf building is expected to be complete in September 2016. A big thank you to general contractor, McKenzie Commercial  for treating us to some delicious cheesecake from Sweetlife. 

Congrats to former RB designer, Jerome Tryon!

Credit: Olson Kundig

Kudos to former Rowell Brokaw designer, Jerome Tryon who was part of the winning design team in the 2016 Fairy Tales Architecture Competition. 

Created by Blank Space, the international contest invites architects, artists, and writers to pen their own architectural fairy tale narrative. Blank Space is an online platform for architecture founded in 2013 by Matthew Hoffman and Francesca Giuliani. Blank Space works to provide new opportunities such as competitions, for design to engage the public. 

The jury selected three prize winners along with 10 honorable mentions. 

The Seattle- based firm, Olson Kundig received the first prize award. Second Prize - Hagai Ben Naim, and third prize - Kobi Logendrarajah.

The competition has grown rapidly over the past three years. This year's competition received more than 1,500 entries from 67 countries making this year the largest pool of submissions in the competition's history. 

More info....
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BHE Group's new offices in downtown Eugene

BHEGroup recently moved their offices into the heart of downtown Eugene when they relocated to the Woolworth Building. Rowell Brokaw worked with them to design their new office space representing their new name and brand. The plan features an open office against the south-facing windows with private and public meeting rooms available for small and large gatherings. The plan also includes landing work zones housing their reference library and sized to layout large drawing sets. The exposed ceiling, painted white, and other neutral finishes provided a canvas to feature the bright pop of their their new brand.

BHEGroup is a multi-discipline consulting firm serving clients from offices in Eugene and Portland. They have been a part of many local award-winning projects including the University of Oregon Zebrafish Core Facility, Lane Community College Art School, University of Oregon Lewis Integrative Science Building, Oregon State University William Tebeau Resident Hall, Lane Community College Downtown Eugene Campus, EWEB Roosevelt Operations Center and PeaceHealth’s University District.

Welcome to the neighborhood, BHE Group!

University of Oregon: Sportswear billionaire Tim Boyle gives $10 million for research

Zebrafish allow University of Oregon researchers to quickly produce and identify mutations that let them decode the function of genes. (University of Oregon)

Zebrafish allow University of Oregon researchers to quickly produce and identify mutations that let them decode the function of genes. (University of Oregon)

Register Guard
University of Oregon: Sportswear billionaire Tim Boyle gives $10 million for research

By Diane Dietz
The Register-Guard
MARCH 1, 2016

Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle is getting behind the University of Oregon’s renewed emphasis on research, with a $10 million donation toward the school’s much-publicized genomics research using zebrafish.

The money will support the university’s fish breeding facilities, buy new instruments and expand genomics laboratories, the UO said.

Boyle is beefing up a research area in which the UO initially built its reputation, helping it win admittance to the elite American Association of Universities.

In the 1970s, then-UO professor George Streisinger discovered that zebrafish made an excellent model for humanlike biological processes.

Zebrafish are small and easy to breed and they develop fast; they go from egg to fish within 24 hours.

Streisinger made international headlines when he created the first-ever clone of an organism with a backbone, when he duplicated a zebrafish in his UO lab.

Zebrafish allow researchers to quickly produce and identify mutations that let them decode the function of genes. The fish are transparent at the embryo stage, so changes are easy to observe.

Zebrafish turned out to be so good for research, Streisinger’s discovery seeded a whole industry of zebrafish research.

Laboratories across the globe using zebrafish went from a half-dozen to a peak of more than 500.

The UO has seven laboratories where about 100 researchers perform experiments with zebrafish — an area of strength for the university.

“Not everyone would make a gift to support the basic sciences in the way that Tim and Mary Boyle have done. We’re incredibly grateful,” UO President Michael Schill said in a news release.

The UO-based Zebra­fish Information Network, a central repository of global zebrafish research data, employs 21 scientists and software developers. The agency is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

A UO lab now supplies zebrafish for biomedical studies in 47 countries in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and Central and South America.

The zebrafish are used in research of human physiology and disease, such as autism, epilepsy and bone regeneration.

The Boyles’ donation will also support research on additional aquatic animals.

The couple — though studying journalism and fine and applied arts at the UO in the late ’60s and early ’70s — had a direct connection with the biology labs.

Boyle’s aunt, Hildegard Lamfrom, was then a researcher in molecular biology there.

Boyle’s mother and father, meanwhile, founded Columbia Sportswear in Portland. Tim Boyle joined the leadership of the company when he was a UO senior, after his father abruptly died of a heart attack. Boyle and his mother built the firm into a publicly traded company with about 5,300 employees and $1 billion a year in sales.

Boyle has served on the UO Foundation Board of Trustees. Columbia Sportswear Chief Administrative Officer Peter Bragdon currently serves on the UO Board of Trustees.

Rowell Brokaw chats with students at the UO A&AA Recruitment Fair

Rowell Brokaw enjoyed meeting UO Architecture students this past month at the 2016 A&AA Recruitment Fair. Architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture and planning firms were widely represented in the daylong event that took place on two floors in Lawrence Hall. The event attracted thirty companies actively seeking students for employment including full-time positions for graduates as well as summer internships. The event was organized by the A&AA Office of Professional Outreach and Development for Students (PODS).

Straub Hall shout-out in Oregon Quarterly

The Best...Lecture Hall on Campus

Oregon Quarterly, Spring 2016 issue
by Ross Karapondo, UO sophomore cinema studies major 

April 26, 2015, felt like winter, but the calendar assured me it was spring. Two colleagues and I had entered a competition call the Adrenaline Film Project, in which you produce a short film over the course of a weekend and have it screen and judged the following Monday. It was 2:30 a.m. when we finished shooting for the night, about three hours behind schedule, and at that point I think we were all grateful to finally be leaving that seedy Eugene back alley. My arms felt like they were going to fall off from holding the boom microphone over my head for so long, and my fingers were numb from grasping the cold metal rod to which it was attached. The only thing on my mind was sleep. Unfortunately, we were to be back on location at 7:00 a.m. that same day. Once I finally made it to bed mere hours from when I would have to wake up, I began to ask myself, "Do I even want to be a filmmaker?"

The film was to be only five minutes, but it quickly felt like it was consuming our lives. We finished shooting at about 2:00 p.m., which was relief, but there wasn't much time to celebrate; we were to be editing in the Cinema Studies computer lab by 4:00 pm. There we would spend the next 24 hours. I'm not exaggerating. 

There's a certain madness that comes with editing a movie: some shots just don't work, sometimes you have to rearrange scenes beyond recognition, and something usually goes catastrophically wrong and you're forced to redo hours of work. It's just the nature of the beast. At about 10:00 p.m., two of us had to return to the previous night's location with our lead actor to re-shoot a couple of very specific shots, only one of which we ended up using. Throughout the night, the three of us took turns editing while one would sleep. I couldn't sleep, though, not with this looming over my head. 

Once our competed film was submitted, I was physically and emotional depleted, had only gotten about five hours of sleep in the last 33 hours, and barely had any appetite even though I'd eaten very little. The question lingered---was this really what I wanted to do? At 5:00 p.m., I finally went to sleep, with the screening coming up in just a few hours. I left the door to my dorm room open so my good friend could come wake me up in case I slept through my alarm. Apparently, he had to shake me awake. I do not remember this. 

As I made my way to Straub Hall for the screening, I found myself feeling relieved that Adrenaline was coming to an end. I wondered if it was all worth it. I entered Straub and found that it felt nothing like a lecture hall, but more like an upscale theater. The modern, refurbished look coupled with the two-story seating, made me feel like I was about to present my film before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Suddenly, I felt like it was all really happening. 

The screening of the film went quickly for me, as I was so familiar with it at this point, but at the exact moment the film ended, I felt an intense sense of euphoria creep up my spine. The applause that filled the room was wonderful to hear, and, truthfully, I got a little teary-eyed. To me, this was a surreal moment: a film that I helped create had just been screened in front of a hundred people, and it actually felt like the film resonated with the audience. It was the happiest I've ever been. Right then, I knew I was a filmmaker. 

Straub Hall will forever live in my heart as the place where I met my resolve. I suffered that weekend and veered dangerously close to the brink of giving up, yet today I remember it fondly. And it's all thanks to a little lecture hall called Straub. 

Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design Group visits RB office

Professional architects from Xian Dai Architectural Design Group in China are visiting the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts for 10 weeks of intensive study in sustainable architecture.

Six award-winning architects from the group visited the Rowell Brokaw offices on a recent Wednesday morning. The conversation quickly got lively as designers from both firms talked about their projects and shared their design experiences.

This marks the second year during which 10 professionals from the Shanghai-based firm have come to UO for continuing education in their profession. The visit is not only significant for furthering their careers, but the exchange program also bolsters the university’s top-ranked standing in sustainable design education.

UO AIAS "Reverse-Crit" event: RB's 33 East Broadway wins Best Overall Design award

This past Monday, five AIA-SWO architecture firms presented "on the board" projects for the 2016 "Reverse Crit" (Professional Pin-Up) at Lawrence Hall on the University of Oregon campus. A popular, annual event, jointly coordinated by members of the AIA-SWO Chapter and the UO American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), gives UO architecture students the opportunity to "reverse the table" on AIA-SWO professionals and comment on real-world projects. At the end of the event, projects were awarded by student ballot. Rowell Brokaw's 33 East Broadway won two awards for most creative use of materials and best overall design.

The AIA-SWO firms who participated this year projects were:
- Pivot Architecture / Provo-Orem BRT
- Rowell Brokaw Architects / 33 East Broadway
- Robertson Sherwood Architects / Roosevelt Middle School
- Chuck Bailey Architect / Ninkasi Administration Building
- Will Dixon Architects / Black Apron Bistro


Northwest Community Credit Union celebrates LEED Gold certification

Northwest Community Credit Union CEO John Iglesias pictured in front of the LEED plaque along with the Support Center's design/build team.
(photo credit: Northwest Community Credit Union)

Northwest Community Credit Union celebrates its new Support Center building’s recent LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USBC). This accomplishment was officially marked by a plaque unveiling and ceremony. 

Eugene city staff, including Mayor Piercy and City Manager Jon Ruiz were in attendance along with the project's partners—Andersen Construction, Rowell Brokaw; and owner's representative, Mark Miksis.