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The first building to engage a 46-acre reclaimed pumice mine acquired by the University for future campus expansion, this academic building is sited on a steep eastern rim with panoramic views across the future west campus and to the mountains beyond. The building and its adjacent outdoor spaces are designed to step with the topography to create a gateway and link between the existing upper campus and the future development that will occur in and around the bowl of the transformed mine. The selection of mass timber for the structural system reinforces OSU-Cascades’ robust commitment to sustainability with the use of locally-sourced renewable material and the low-carbon footprint associated with its production. The natural beauty of the timber structure is expressed in the building’s interior, offering a warm, inviting environment for students and faculty and visually connecting the building with the broader regional landscape.
Academic Building 2’s east/west orientation and exterior design will contribute to the Net-Zero Energy target established by the University. Primary façades feature tall windows with a filigree of vertical shading devices tuned to their solar orientation to maximize daylighting and mitigate glare and summer heat gain. A broad horizontal roof plane floating above the mass of the building form is designed to accommodate an array of photovoltaics to provide on-site renewable energy for the project.
Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), Glue-Laminated Timber (GLT)