The Oregon Ducks hit a home run recently with the addition of the Jane Sanders Stadium, a svelte new home for the university’s softball team that’s designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. As a beautiful example of sustainable stadium design, the sports venue features materials with high recycled content, prefabricated construction, and an energy reduction of 35 percent over the Oregon Energy Code. SRG Partnership designed the sustainably minded stadium that perfectly captures the Oregon Ducks spirit.
Completed last year, the nearly 200,000-square-foot Jane Sanders Stadium was created as a gift from Robert Sanders and named in honor of his late wife. While sustainability and functionality were priorities in the design, so was brand integration. The University of Oregon’s identifying colors of green and yellow define the 1,500 fixed-seat stadium’s color palette. A canopy clad in home plate-shaped plywood pieces that sits above the prefabricated seating bowl and concourse serves as the iconic focal point, while its wing-like shape alludes to ducks in flight.
The new stadium is integrated with the campus through enhanced pedestrian connections. The former ballpark’s history is also honored through the restoration of the historic Howe Gates that mark the entrance to the new public plaza from University Street. SRG Partnership designed the stadium to achieve LEED Gold certification and meet the university’s Oregon Model for Sustainable Development. In addition to a significant energy reduction over the Oregon Energy Code, the building also reduces water usage by 37 percent thanks to low-flow fixtures and smart irrigation practices.
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