Baby Celebration and Halloween Creatures

Rowell Brokaw celebrated Nicola Fucigna’s soon-to-be-born baby with a tasty lunch from Ta Ra Rin. Nicola has really appreciated the work-life balance at Rowell Brokaw, which has allowed her to create flexible hours and, for the last month of her pregnancy, switch to remote work. The atmosphere in the office is very supportive and family friendly. Most of the staff have children—ages range from a 1-½-year-old (granddaughter) to a 29-year-old. At one point in RBA’s history, the office had four new babies all around the same time. This Halloween some young and older creatures appeared in the office.

Lorri Nelson receives a Head Start Award

During Head Start of Lane County’s All Staff Event, Lorri Nelson was recognized as one of a handful of “community members who have given, supported, and are champions of Head Start.” Lorri is honored to receive this award. She has loved working with the Head Start staff to integrate natural play areas into various school sites.

Rowell Brokaw shares the values of Head Start and is proud of its history working with this important non-profit. The Head Start program offers a holistic approach to early childhood development, providing educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to low-income families. For more on the history of this program and its relationship to architecture, see this Head Start Presentation that John Rowell co-authored in 2002.

1203 Willamette Open House Celebration

Rowell Brokaw, deChase Miksis, Trifoia, Watkinson Laird Rubenstein Attorneys, & Claim 52 held an open house at 1203 Willamette. The event was catered by Saucefly. The whole building was opened up for visitors to explore all the offices in the newly remodeled building. It was fascinating to see the various ways that each office has developed its workspace in the exposed timber structure.

It has been quite a journey from a vacant, rundown building to a vibrant space. For RB, the open house was a cathartic event, full of great food and conversations. Thank you to all who came!

"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.  

Jefferson Library First Look

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As part of a 4th of July ceremony, Jefferson Library held a pet parade from their old library to their new one. The fire department led the parade and the sheriff brought up the rear to make sure no one got lost—participants included the Festival of Flowers Princess, stuffed animals, live pigs, a large snake, children, dogs, turtles, adults, wagon floats and much more. After some popsicles were consumed, there was a building tour of the new library. Move-in is slated for September. 

UO Straub Hall Art Blessing

Artist Garrick Imatani spoke at the Blessing Ceremony for the installation of his artwork at UO Straub Hall. The installation includes a sculpture of the Tomanowas (Willamette Meteorite), sacred to the Clackamas (now part of the Grand Ronde tribe), that floats in front of a mural of the Missoula Floods. This installation is part of the Percent for Art project by the state of Oregon. For more on the installation, see Sculpture of Meteorite Installed in Straub Hall Atrium.

PV 4 BV Solar Initiative and DisOrient Film Festival

When possible, Rowell Brokaw enjoys sponsoring projects and events in Eugene. One project that has been completed in time for Earth Day is the installation of solar panels (or photovoltaic cells) on the roof of Buena Vista Elementary School. The school was awarded a grant from EWEB's Greenpower program for their "PV 4 BV Solar Initiative" project, which will give "real time" energy data in the classroom to support class projects. Here's an educational video (both in English and in Spanish) developed alongside the project by Attic Media:

Another event, that we are very proud to help sponsor, is occurring this weekend: the DisOrient Film Festival. Here is the festival's mission: "DisOrient is the premiere Asian American, social justice film festival of Oregon. Our films—'By us, for us and about us'—break open the one-dimensional stereotype of the 'Oriental.' We believe in the power of film to inform, heal and connect people. We bring power to our voice as we share our stories and advocate for social justice."

Hope to see you at the event and Happy Earth Day!

Annual UO AIAS Reverse Crit

From left to right: Frank Visconti, Patrick A. McKechnie, Kurt Albrecht, Chuck Bailey, and Nir Pearlson.

Rowell Brokaw participated in this year's Reverse Crit. The event took place at the Hayden Gallery in the University of Oregon's College of Design and was hosted by the UO chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) in partnership with AIA-SWO. Students had the opportunity to turn the tables and weigh in on architects' current, real-world projects. Frank Visconti presented the Eureka Veterans and Homeless Housing project and garnered an award for Spatial Composition.

Groundbreaking for Tykeson Hall

Willie Tykeson, President Michael Schill, Dean Andrew Marcus, and Kathryn Sternberger ('17) broke ground for Tykeson Hall, a $39 million facility devoted to liberal arts education and career development at the University of Oregon. In this innovative project, academic and career advising will be housed under one roof, allowing undergrads to realize the career possibilities behind their academic choices. As Dean Marcus explains, "We want to help students navigate college intentionally and give them the ability to articulate the specific skills they’ve acquired. How can they map their valuable liberal arts education and experiences to careers? We need to give them the vocabulary, facts and concrete evidence of their own performance that will help build their portfolios and make a good case to employers. This building is not only a symbol of this aspiration but a tool that will help us reach it." 

Grand Opening of the Arts & Technology Academy

Superintendent Gustavo Balderas, 4J board members, and Principal Larry Williams with the ceremonial ribbon

The grand opening of the Eugene 4J Arts & Technology Academy at the Jefferson Middle School featured a ribbon cutting, student performances, and architectural tours of the building. The design of the new building supports ATA’s innovative STEM program, which integrates science, technology, engineering, and math into the curriculum in hands-on, real-world ways. For a more in-depth explanation of the design, see the brochure we created for the event:

Soft Opening of Hot Mama’s Kitchen+Bar

RB Staff enjoyed some wings and drinks at the soft opening of Hot Mama’s Kitchen+Bar in Oakway Center. The new space has a 12-seat teak wood bar, a 90-seat dining room, a 40-seat mezzanine level, and a 20-seat outdoor area.

For more on Hot Mama’s new restaurant:

Britni Jessup receives 20 Under 40 Award

By Sherri Buri McDonald, blue chip
The Register-Guard
December 5, 2016

20 UNDER 40

Britni Jessup

Architect, Rowell Brokaw Architects; Age: 35

Britni Jessup has brought a new focus on interior architecture to Rowell Brokaw in Eugene and shared her skills, in and out of architecture, as a volunteer in the community.

Jessup is one of only three interior architects in Eugene accredited by the National Council of Interior Design Qualification, according to a letter nominating her for a 20 Under 40 award.

“In just a few short years with Rowell Brokaw Architects, she has led interior design projects for high-profile public and private clients,” Angie Marzano, business development director for BRING Recycling, wrote in the nomination letter.

Recent projects include two of the largest lecture halls at the University of Oregon: a 509-seat room in Straub Hall and a 451-seat room in Columbia Hall. Jessup also has helped design the interiors of Northwest Community Credit Union’s headquarters in Eugene and the offices of Roseburg, a wood products company, in Springfield’s Gateway area.

“Her work focuses on designing total interior environments that fulfill the unique goals and aspirations of companies and institutions, branding their physical workplace identity and creating innovative work environments,” Marzano said.

Jessup earned bachelor’s degrees in business administration and Spanish at the University of Washington. She earned a master’s degree in architecture at the University of Oregon.

Jessup actively volunteers in local schools and libraries. She is a member of the Eugene Public Library Foundation’s Imagination Library Advisory Board. Jessup and two other parents of children at Buena Vista Spanish Immersion School started a green initiative to help make the school more sustainable.

Jessup is a former University of Washington volleyball player . She is assistant varsity volleyball coach at Sheldon High School and part owner in Blue Skies Beach Club, a beach volleyball group that organizes camps, clinics and tournaments .

“She is young, dynamic and deserves to be standing among a group of business professionals nominated for this award,” Marzano said.

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. 

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! 



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).

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