University of Oregon
By combining career and academic advising, the Tykeson Hall College and Careers Building offers an innovative way for students to navigate their future. Through the help of mentors and advisors, through exposure to the resources available to them, students gain the confidence and knowledge to pursue their passions and, ultimately, find meaningful work. Tykeson Hall will also provide a much-needed home for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), which currently has 42 departments scattered across the UO Campus. Students who feel drawn to the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences will have direct access to alumni, advisors, and each other.
In collaboration with Office 52 and PLACE, Rowell Brokaw Architects has taken a lead role in the execution of the building. Rowell Brokaw has worked with user groups, focus groups, and Campus Planning and Facilities Management to find solutions to complex site considerations, building organizations, and performance needs. Situated between Johnson Hall and Chapman Hall, Tykeson Hall has a highly visible presence at the historic center of campus. By placing a 4-story building with a compact footprint on the existing parking lot, the south-facing, open space by Chapman Hall will be preserved and form an outdoor room for campus events. The new building also creates an opportunity to rethink the hardscape and landscape in the area and establish stronger connections between major pedestrian circulation routes. A key part of the project has been the development of flexible, interactive learning environments that allow one-on-one or small group advising. The CAS Commons, a large “living room,” encourages students, advisors, and faculty to intermingle on both formal and informal occasions. This room can be closed off acoustically, while remaining visually accessible and inviting to a student passing by. As part of the UO’s campus-wide initiative to hold energy use at net zero, Tykeson Hall is on track to be 35% more efficient than current Oregon Energy Codes and meet LEED Gold building standards. Daylighting, natural ventilation, radiant floors, chilled beams, and a high-performance building envelope will help to lower the total energy consumption of the building.
Rowell Brokaw is excited to be a part of this pioneering project that helps students build the skills they need to adapt to an ever-accelerated, changing world and succeed.