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Rowell Brokaw and Mithun team selected to design new UO student housing

UO Campus Housing selected Rowell Brokaw, partnered with Mithun, to design new residence halls that will replace the Hamilton and Walton Complexes on the University of Oregon’s Eugene campus. The two-phase project will include two new residence hall complexes, a visitor’s center, landscaped outdoor spaces, and amenities for students, staff, and visitors.

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Lane Transit District's New Santa Clara Station

Rowell Brokaw has been working with Lane Transit District (LTD) to plan and design Santa Clara Transit Station, a new bus terminal serving Northwest Eugene. Safety, security, efficiency, and a strong sense of community identity are among the team’s top considerations for the project, and its design and location contribute in improving River Road as a vibrant neighborhood connector.

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Seeking Comment on the Steam Plant Redevelopment Concept

“The Steam Plant is an iconic representation of our community’s history, ripe with possibility for the future, and a survey is now open for the community to give input on a concept design. The survey launches today and will be open until February 19... ‘The Steam Plant building is the last physical representation of the birthplace of industry for the southern Willamette Valley,’ said Mark Miksis, of deChase Miksis Development. ‘This project has the opportunity to honor our rich history and set a course for our community’s future.’”

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Interiors and Materials Series: 1

This is the first post in a new series here on the blog, Interiors and Materials, where we’ll shed some light on our process of identifying and selecting materials for a project. These choices have a huge impact on the way that a space is perceived and experienced. Materials should be seamlessly integrated with the architecture while adding an additional layer of complexity to the space, one that expresses the client's unique personality.

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South Hills House Construction Sequence

The South Hills House has come a long way since fall of last year. Here is a construction sequence of the terrace. One can see the clear volumes and signature cantilevered roof taking shape, the dramatic slope of the site being reconciled, and the envelope—an Equitone fibre-cement rainscreen system—being developed. Currently, the owners are in the process of moving into their new home.

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UO Robinson Theater Rigging Project

The UO Robinson Theater Rigging Replacement project has been successfully completed. All of the obsolete, existing equipment was replaced with contemporary stage rigging equipment. This rigging includes rope lines, blocks (pulleys), and counterweights that allow a stage crew to “fly” or hoist objects—such as lights, curtains, and scenery—out of view of the stage. Rowell Brokaw worked with PLA Theatrical Consultants, Systems West Engineers as electrical consultants, the Ausland Group as general contractor, Stagecraft Industries as the rigging subcontractor, and JKG Electric as subcontractors to complete the project.

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Eureka Veterans and Homeless Housing Approval

Today the Eureka Design Review Committee approved plans for development of an apartment complex on the corner of Fourth Street between B and C Streets in Eureka, intended to house veterans and people at risk of homelessness.

“We’re just trying to help the community, help the people on the streets and give them a leg up,” Development company Danco CommunitiesPresident Chris Dart told the Outpost.

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"Topping Out" Ceremony for Tykeson Hall

Tykeson Hall’s “topping out” was celebrated this Friday. Willie Tykeson, Dean Marcus, other key donors and UO members, and the construction workers on the building signed the final steel beam that was then, via a crane, lifted into place. The ceremony commemorates the completion of the last major piece of structure for the project. Now the construction team—Fortis Construction and its many subcontractors—with support of the design team will turn to the cladding of the building, followed by installation of the interior finishes. Tykeson is slated to open in Fall 2019.

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Full Steam Ahead: Steam Plant Redevelopment Featured in Register-Guard

“Eugene officials are putting their faith in a group of prominent local developers, architects and business executives to transform the former Eugene Water & Electric Board steam plant.

The city announced Tuesday that it had picked a team led by Mark Miksis of deChase Miksis Development and Arcimoto CEO Mark Frohnmayer to submit a formal proposal for the 87-year-old steam plant’s redevelopment. City officials chose the team over two other groups that expressed interest earlier this year.”

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Tykeson Hall's Crane Featured in the Daily Emerald

“Perched far above the claustrophobic PLC offices, looming over the infamous steps of Johnson Hall, sits a 172 EC-B Liebherr tower crane. Standing at more than 200 feet in the air, the view from the crane’s cab might be one of the best in town. On a clear day, one can see everything from Eugene’s east hills and Hendricks Park to the city’s tallest building, the Ya-Po-Ah Terrace.”

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