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University Of Oregon, John E. Jaqua Academic Center For Student Athletes

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects,Firm 151

Project Name

University Of Oregon, John E. Jaqua Academic Center For Student Athletes

Project Status



40,000 sq. feet


University of Oregon


  • Hoffman Construction Co.
  • Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • Electrical Engineer: Interface Engineering
  • : Interface Engineering
  • Plumbing Engineer: Interface Engineering
  • Arup
  • Civil Engineer: Harper Houf Peterson Righellis
  • Geotechnical Engineer: GRI Geotechnical & Environmental Consultants
  • Landscape Architect: Charles Anderson Landscape Architecture
  • Altermatt Associates
  • Interface
  • Rolf Jensen & Associates
  • Rosa Serra
  • Basil Childers
  • Bob Lambie
  • Lamer Woodworking
  • Tice Industries
  • Delta AV
  • Pete Eckert

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Project Description

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects • The jury was tiring of the all-glass building trend when it paused on the University of Oregon John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes. Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects transformed a parking lot on the edge of campus into a glazed structure with four nearly identical façades situated in a reflecting pool. A custom curtain-wall assembly—a layer of monolithic glass separated from the interior insulating glass by a stainless steel screen—wraps the perfectly square floor plan.

Crystalline and elegant on the outside, the project offers 40,000 square feet of state-of-the-art learning facilities on the inside: an auditorium, study areas, offices, a library, a computer lab, and student lounges. Natural light bathes the carefully detailed and furnished spaces. Innovative art installations and eye-catching environmental graphics celebrate the achievements of UO alums—jocks and bookworms alike. “It’s a project that follows through on the interior,” juror Scott Kilbourn noted, with an unwitting sports reference.
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