University of Oregon Allan Price Commons Research Library Remodel-Expansion

Architect: Opsis Architecture

Location: Eugene, Oregon

Award of Excellence

After a redesign, this library has become a technologically robust, dynamic environment for learning and discovery that reflects a modern-day paradigm.

The Price Science Commons and Research Library creates an inviting identity for the Lokey Science Complex as a glass-enclosed pavilion containing a social commons café and event space, overlooking and connecting to the subterranean research library and landscaped courtyard. A hub of student activity, it is a technologically robust, dynamic environment for learning and discovery that reflects a modern-day paradigm.

The student-centered design promotes experimentation, collaboration, and investigation. Spatial flexibility, with classrooms that reconfigure into study groups and informal learning arrangements, promotes collaboration across diverse user groups. Science-specific study rooms support collaboration, tutoring, and hands-on learning.

Jury comments

This is such a beautiful and inviting project. The insertion of this relatively small building has transformed a rather undesirable void into an oasis of community and study.

Additional information

Acoustical Consultant: The Sextant Group, Inc.

Acoustical Consultant: Listen Acoustics

Code Consultant: Code Unlimited

Cost Consultant: Rider Levett Bucknall

Energy Consultant: SOLARC Energy Group

Engineer – Civil: BHEGroup

Engineer – Electrical: Systems West Engineers

Engineer - Mechanical: Systems West Engineers

Engineer – Structural: Catena Consulting Engineers

Envelope Consultant: Morrison Hershfield

General Contractor: Andersen Construction

Graphic Design Consultant: Anderson Krygier, Inc.

Landscape Consultant: Cameron McCarthy Landscape Architecture & Planning

Specifications: JLC Architectural Consulting


Brian G Minnich, AIA, (Chair) GWWO Inc. / Architects, Baltimore

Philip J. Poinelli, FAIA, SMMA / Architects, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Brandi Rickels, Lake|Flato Architects, San Antonio

Jenine Kotob, Assoc. AIA, Quinn Evans Architects, Washington, DC

Alissa Harrington, John Hopkins University School of Education, Baltimore

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