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Central Oregon Community College Science Center

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Project Name

Central Oregon Community College Science Center

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45,000 sq. feet


  • Other: Yost Grube Hall Architecture
  • Civil Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers

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Project Description

Nestled into a hillside site at Oregon’s oldest community college, the Science Building’s subtle, earth-toned exterior palette harmonizes with its surroundings. The two-story, 45,000-square-foot building features western red cedar ceiling panels mixed with Douglas-fir paneling, benches and casework to develop warmth in the spaces.

Wood was chosen as a predominant building material for its aesthetics, ease of construction and sustainability. The campus and the region have a strong tradition of building with wood, and the extensive use of wood in the center takes advantage of the deep reservoir of local experience. Moreover, the use of a renewable resource was a high priority for the project. The center used sustainably certified wood products and received a Gold rating from Earth Advantage’s Commercial Pilot Program.
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