1st place – Secondary education and vocational training
Oregon State University Cascades Edward J. Ray Hall
Cost: $34.7 million
Begin: April 2020
Completion: September 2021
Owner/Developer: Oregon State University
Architect: SSR partnership
Engineers: AEI affiliated engineers (plumbing/mechanical), Cantena Consulting Engineers (structural), DOWL (civil), Samata Consulting Engineers (electrical)
Other Associates/Consultants: Swift (landscape architect)
General contractor : Swinerton builders
Bidding company: Swinerton builders
Subcontractors: 4S Signs, Alex Hodge Construction, Anderson Clark Interiors, Apollo Mechanical Contractors, Arctic Sheet Metal, Bend Commercial Glass, Bryker Enterprises, Building Material Specialties, Carlson Sign, Cascade Civil, Cascadia Windows, Cash’s Drapery, Culver Glass, Delta AV, Don Frank Soils, EM Hundley Hardware, Assemblers, Flynn BEC, Gem Buildings, GH Surveying, Insulation Contractors of Washington, Isley Welding Service, Interior Technology, Knife River Corp. NW, LDC, Meyer Sign of Oregon, Morrison Hershfield, Mountain Sky, Portland Overhead Door, Pacific Decorative Concrete, Primo Construction, Red Hawk Fire Protection, Rosendin Electric, SAK Builders, Sunset Stucco & Exteriors, Sunsteel, Taylor Northwest, Temp- Control Mechanical dba TCM, The Harver Co., Thyssenkrupp Elevator, Washington Commercial Painters, West Side Iron,
Oregon State University calls Edward J. Ray Hall “the fulfillment of a promise made to central Oregon.” Being the first building built on a former pumice mine, the team that put the project together had an affinity for seeing ambiguity as opportunity, said Jarrod Penttila, OSU construction project manager.
OSU asked the team to design a net-zero-ready building, use solid wood, use a mechanical system linked to a geothermal system that had not yet been designed, and construct it on land which did not yet exist.
At the start of the design process, the site was 30 feet below the final foundation elevation. The four-story building houses energy-intensive spaces like a machine shop, anatomy lab, manufacturing space, and engineering research spaces that use large volumes of air conditioning. OSU was also asked to have an incredibly challenging schedule for the 50,000 square foot lab and classroom building and on a very tight budget.
OSU chose a team inspired by the challenge and delivered a project that changed the conversation about higher education in Oregon’s high desert. As OSU reclaimed the old pumice mine and remediated waste from an old landfill to prepare the site, the team created a successful plan to incorporate mass timber into the building while keeping the overall program intact.
“When prospective students see the building, they are impressed by the natural light and beautiful wood throughout,” Penttila said. “Several students have mentioned that they have attended other universities and have never been in such a magnificent building. OSU deeply appreciates the work done to design and construct this building and the friendships we have made over the course of of the process.