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Prismatic High-Performing Jaqua Center Fosters Learning at the University of Oregon

by , 06/20/11

John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes, ZGF Architects, Jaqua Center, Student Center, high performance facade, prism facade, energy efficient design, university of oregon

The John E. Jaqua Center For Student Athletes is a 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art academic learning center that provides the required NCAA academic services for student athlete tutoring. The three-story student facility replaces an older building 1/5th its size and includes a café, auditorium, atrium for public events, and a “hall of fame” to recognize past, present and future student athletes at the University. It also provides space for an auditorium, offices, tutoring and conference rooms, computer and graphics labs and lots of study areas for students.

Cloaked in a transparent, double-wall facade that addresses acoustic isolation, thermal insulation, and control of available daylight within the building, the Jaqua Center provides a direct connection from the inside to the outdoors. The high performance facade is composed of multiple layers of glass, steel, screens and operable shades to control the indoor environment. A large atrium pulls even more daylight into the interior spaces. A body of water around half the building provides further connection to the environment, and a bioswale collects and processes storm water. Energy modeling, monitoring and high performance heating and ventilation systems also help further reduce energy use inside the building.

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  1. adrian ho June 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    “Likely, the non-student athletes may be jealous of the mod furnishings, wood-paneled reading rooms, the plush couches, and celebration of the university’s athletics throughout the ages.”

    Darn skippy non-student athletes are jealous. But while jealous, we’re also happy to know we’re not part of society who spends hundreds of thousands of dollars on students who don’t deserve this high amount of service. Have you actually seen the performance data that this building produces? The HVAC units itself is an indicator of how poorly designed this building is. But without looking at that, there are also the inbalance of carbon material footprint that this building sets. Yellow Ferrari leather seats in the classrooms (unsustainable, already wearing out due to usage and blue jeans, they’re turning a moldy green), high gloss walls used for projections (high glare, and can’t be used as white board, i mean, it’s a school, you can’t use them?), their moat (supposedly used for cooling the air around the building, but has high maintenance cost for capturing and injuring local wild life in filtration system, high content of chlorine that seems into the water table effects the local water, as well as causing icy sidewalk conditions due to poor design.) And those are only a few of the ‘beautiful’ aspects of the building that they used to sell the building.

    Then you must take a glance at the monstrosity of the building. It is a stain on the beautiful paradigm and rich history of the brick facade that the University of Oregon campus holds true for almost all buildings. Even the Lillis complex, with the high glass usage, goes backs and respects the pattern language that was so carefully developed.

    New students and visitors will be awed and wowed by this building. But their attention swayed by the glass and the modern twist to the UO campus is the fall of traditional architecture at the University of Oregon.

    I am a recent undergraduate student of the Architecture program at the University of Oregon, I watched this building go up. There was no student input nor community feedback. The University of Oregon sold out for a free building. I understand their reasons, and from an economical and business standpoint, it makes a lot of sense. But unfortunately I feel as if they’ve lost all respect to the school itself.

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