Seattle-based SRG Partnership has unveiled designs for Edward J. Ray Hall, a new Oregon State University Cascades Campus building with ambitious net-zero energy targets in Bend, Oregon. Designed to showcase OSU-Cascades’ commitment to sustainability, Edward J. Ray Hall will serve as a scalable and adaptable prototype for future buildings that, in addition to a goal of net-zero energy, will be built from regionally sourced mass timber for a small carbon footprint. The 50,000-square-foot building will be the first campus structure to engage a 46-acre reclaimed pumice mine that the university acquired for future expansion.
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Built primarily with timber inside and out, the Edward J. Ray Hall will offer a warm and welcoming environment for a new student hub and learning facilities for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). Cedar sourced from Sustainable Northwest will clad the locally sourced and low-carbon mass timber structure; the cedar indoors will be left exposed and complemented by additional wooden surfaces. Large expanses of glazing will flood the interiors will natural light and strengthen visual connections between the mass timber building and the forested outdoors.
“The building was conceived through a prototyping process focused on defining a new type of academic environment that would support a variety of educational activities and functions, promote interdisciplinary collaboration, and embody social equity and sustainability,” the architects explained. “The concept utilizes a centralized, flexible technology core paired with a modular grid to organize the multiple activity-based space typologies derived from project goals and objectives.”
Oriented east to west for optimal solar conditions, Edward J. Ray Hall will be set atop the reclaimed pumice mine’s steep eastern rim and face panoramic views of the future west campus and mountains beyond. Solar panels will top the building’s broad roof, which extends out to help shield the interior from unwanted solar gain; vertical shading devices also help mitigate glare indoors.
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