U. of Oregon’s new Knight Campus is established up to transform ideas into truth

Catrina P. Smith

Before this thirty day period, the University of Oregon in Eugene opened the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Effects. The 160,000-sf complex, which consists of two facing L-shaped towers, supports a mission to shorten the timeline involving discovery, progress, and deployment by bringing jointly engineering, applied science, organization innovations, and society. Its atmosphere priorities revolve close to wellness, human efficiency, and neighborhood. (The Campus’s tagline is “Science Advancing Culture.“)

Phil Knight, co-founder and chairman emeritus of Nike, donated $500 million for this venture. “Phil was most intrigued in the mission” of acceleration, Todd Schliemann, FAIA, Style Associate at Ennead Architects, tells BD+C. The Campus’s present concentration is bioengineering, and OU companions with Oregon Point out College to offer you a PhD software in that discipline.

Ennead Architects was this project’s style and design architect, Portland, Ore.-based Bora Architecture & Interiors was its AOR and intended some of the interiors, and Hoffman Construction constructed the campus.

Lab area (above) and do the job place (beneath) intersect in the campus’s properties. Mass timber was utilized during the Campus, together with the labs’ ceiling.

Developed on land the place a Domino’s Pizza, a mini-mall and parking large amount at the time stood, the Knight Campus is positioned involving the University of Oregon’s key campus and parkland straddling the Willamette River. A 190-ft-extended, 48-ft-wide enclosed bridge, stretching 35 ft higher than street visitors, connects Knight Campus to Oregon’s existing campus.

Schliemann claims the university is positioning the Knight Campus—which he calls a “humanistic analysis machine”— as a “gateway building” to a achievable long term analysis complex.

In the course of the style and design procedure, the college hadn’t determined what disciplines these towers would property. So before creating the Knight Campus, associates from the layout group frequented numerous other universities, which include MIT’s Media Lab, Harvard, Stanford, and College of California at San Francisco. What they all have in widespread, claims Schliemann, are collaborative areas where awareness can be shared. Stanford’s engineering advanced, he provides, is noteworthy for how significantly pure light it lets within.

‘NEIGHBORHOODS’ Convey Scientists Together

Staircases manufactured from cross-laminated timber link the flooring.


The Knight Campus has several distinguishing qualities:

•Its two higher floors contain four investigate “neighborhoods” that each individual has a moist bench location, computational place, and offices where Principal Investigators perform. Schliemann contends that this is just one of the very first lab buildings in the U.S. wherever PIs are this obvious to other research teammates.

•The Campus’s double-skinned façade showcases an outer wall consisting of 650 glass panels and developed to resemble water flowing above rocks. This cascading wall is stabilized by an inner curtainwall manufactured up of 900 glass panels. Schliemann suggests that this structure and supplies have been preferred to let a lot more natural light and panoramic exterior views into the developing (which, he contends, enhances operating situations), and for passive strength efficiency (the inner wall of the façade never receives exceedingly warm).

Exterior details of facade's folding glass panels.

The Campus’s double-skinned facade allows extra pure gentle into the buildings and retains heat from penetrating the interior curtainwall.


The wall composition was mild adequate to be hung from the roof component.

•Mass timber is common all through the Knight Campus, whose design made use of 20,500 sf of cross-laminated timber that consists of 180 CLT panels and 4,000 lbs of wood for each individual of the building’s staircases. The 21-foot ground-to-floor top allows for suspended mezzanine constructions of mass timber containing offices for school, producing a new degree of connectivity to their labs and graduate learners.

Mass timber “is a single of the most sustainable strategies to build a building” claims Schliemann. (The Knight Campus is targeting LEED Gold certification.) Working with mass timber also supports Oregon’s nearby economy. Even though vibration prevents a lab area from currently being designed entirely with mass timber, “we could use it for places of work, stairs, ceilings and bridges. Additionally, we did not have to sheetrock the ceilings, as fire codes have ultimately caught up with mass timber” as a fireproofing agent.

(Ennead is at the moment planning a creating for Princeton University in which mass timber will be well known.)

Also see: Scientists use U. of Arkansas properties as testbed for CLT panels.

Spaces FOR Formal OR Peaceful INNOVATION AND Interaction

Amid the Knight Campus’s amenities are a 6,000-sf Innovation Center and 1,000-sf Wellness Centre. Whilst the Innovation Centre could look compact when when compared to other college exploration services, Schliemann counters that its scale is misleading. “It will get innovators out into the true earth.” He adds that all Knight Campus labs are leasable and tenant-adaptable.

The Wellness Centre started out as a locker place with showers. Then spaces for yoga and other training regimens had been integrated. Schliemann suggests the campus has a plan where by students can consider bicycle rides with researchers.

An elevated terrace and courtyard involving the Campus’s two buildings is covered with a cover built from ETFE.


In between the Campus’s two structures is an elevated terrace and courtyard, protected by a clear plastic canopy, exactly where college students and faculty can unwind, socialize, and connect with nature, as the terrace overlooks landscaping and the tree-covered Coburg Hills.

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