The design redirects circulation to encourage interaction among faculty and students and uses the building’s components to make the exploration of science a visible, vital activity on campus.
173,000 SF; 122,000 (renovation); 51,000 (addition)
Honor Award, AIA/IIDA Portland, 2007
Harned Hall, an expansion of the historic Thompson Hall, is a showcase for the sciences and a magnet for student activity on campus. Serving the departments of biology, environmental studies, mathematics/computer science, chemistry, physics, and geology, Harned Hall was designed to inspire interaction among faculty and students. The new addition complements the 3-winged historic complex, with an exterior designed in close cooperation with both university administration and the neighboring community. It encloses a large courtyard containing an iconic crystalline volume housing the café.
The new building provides critical contemporary teaching laboratory space, allowing subsequently phased renovation of Thompson Hall to provide research laboratories, classrooms, offices, and student support spaces. The project created a wide range of instructional spaces supporting a progressive science curriculum design and incorporating more small-group learning, informal gathering spaces, and “science on display” installations and artwork.