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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.

Images Courtesy of ZGF Architects