SRG was recently selected via design competition as the architect for the Academic Building 2 on the growing Oregon State University Cascades campus in Bend, OR. Our concept for the new 50,000 gsf STEAM building will serve as the prototype for future net-zero campus expansion, beginning implementation of OSU’s Long-Range Development Plan and providing an adaptable and scalable framework for future buildings.
The design, with a daylight-tuned façade and plans to incorporate mass timber, will solidify OSU Cascades’ identity in Bend. Informed by the unique topography of its site, the building’s dynamic indoor/outdoor environment will support numerous activities and events, engaging people through classroom, laboratory and maker spaces, as well as a formal amphitheater and an informal cascading plaza for gathering. Highly flexible interior academic spaces are organized on a modular grid, which will allow for future program adaptation and redistribution, as well as potential off-site construction of building elements.
The winning concept shown will serve as the starting point for the design as we embark on this exciting project. The building will open to students in 2021.