UO’s Jaqua, HEDCO buildings bring design awards
The University of Oregon’s John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes has earned a pair of recent design awards, and the UO College of Education has drawn another for its HEDCO Education Building.
The Jaqua Center received the Best Architectural Design Award for 2010 in Engineering News-Record magazine’s nationwide Best of the Best Awards. The awards recognize excellence in U.S. design and construction projects completed during the award year.
Engineering News-Record, a McGraw-Hill Companies weekly magazine for construction professionals, received more than 1,500 entries for the contest through a network of 10 regional magazines. Local industry experts chose regional winners, which were submitted for the nationwide prizes and evaluated by a panel of 25 industry judges.
The Jaqua Center, designed by Portland’s ZGF Architects, also won the Merit Award for Education in the 2010 design competition of the International Interior Design Association’s Oregon chapter.
The UO College of Education’s HEDCO Education Building won the People’s Choice Award in the same International Interior Design Association contest. It was designed by the Portland firms Czopek & Erdenberger Inc., and THA Architecture.
The HEDCO Education Building is at the heart of a new education complex that was completed in spring 2009 and added 100,000 square feet of teaching and research space to the College of Education. It features specialized areas for developing instructional assessment tools, designing curriculum and demonstrating teaching methods for math and science. It is named for Northern California’s HEDCO Foundation.
The 40,000-square-foot Jaqua Center is a state-of-the-art academic learning center built primarily to serve the university’s 520 NCAA student-athletes. Its first floor is open to the public and is available for use by UO students, faculty and staff, while its upper floors are reserved for tutoring and other uses by student-athletes.
The building was donated to the university by Nike co-founder and UO alum Phil Knight. It replaced the 8,000-square-foot Mac Court Annex, where services to student-athletes were previously situated.