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(Education Renovation - 3rd Place) Southern Oregon University Lithia Pavilion & Student Rec Center.

Byline: scott.huish


Southern Oregon University Lithia Pavilion & Student Rec Center

Submitted by: Andersen Construction

Location: Ashland

Cost: $30,964,851

Start Date: July 2016

Completion Date: March 2018

Owner/Developer: Southern Oregon University

Architect: Perkins+Will

Engineer: ZCS Engineering & Architecture

General Contractor: Andersen Construction

Over $30 million was spent to modernize and renovate the 60-year-old McNeal Pavilion on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. The state-of-the-art construction project features a new LEED Gold building, certified through the U.S. Green Building Council. The structure, which just celebrated its first anniversary of successful use and operation, allows for bolstered academic, recreation, and athletic programs at the college.

The project primarily focused on developing a modern and highly usable recreation facility. The result: a three-story, 100,000-square-foot building that offers a 1,400-seat competition gym, locker rooms, classrooms, multi-use room, weight room, and climbing wall. Other features include a two-court recreation gym with a two-lane suspended running track with group exercise rooms, as well as office and support spaces.

In addition, the existing dance building auxiliary gym and racquetball building at the pavilion were overhauled to provide a revamped, upgraded space that is easily accessible and practical. A second story was also added to this building to serve as athletic office space.

Before beginning the project, teams had to look at the age of the building and put plans in place to protect key components of the building that were to be saved, such as the wooden floors of the gymnasium. Teams also set up covers around the metal wall panels and windows in the building were water-tested. The first foundation pour was set to start in the winter of 2016, but weather conditions caused a delay. In addition, busy market conditions and limited workforce in the area posed a challenge, but teams were able to make up some time on framing and interior renovations, with final completion in March 2018.

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Publication:Daily Journal of Commerce (Portland, OR)
Date:May 23, 2019
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