- University of Oregon - Straub Hall
- Los Angeles Community College District’s Pierce College Library/Learning Crossroads
- University of Washington Bothell - Discovery Hall
- Chapman University Keck Center for Science and Engineering
- California State University Northridge Sustainability Center
- Pacific Northwest College of Art
- Matthew Knight Arena - University of Oregon
- Los Gatos Library
- University of Washington, Tacoma - Russell T. Joy Building
- Mission College Student Engagement Center
- AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles
- UCLA Hitch Suites and Commons Buildings
- San Diego State University Engineering & Interdisciplinary Sciences Building
- University of Texas Football Players Facility
- Harvey Mudd College Drinkward Hall Student Housing
- University of Oregon Jane Sanders Softball Stadium
- California State University Stanislaus Student Union
- California State University Northridge Student Housing Phase 2
- Santa Barbara City College West Campus Center
- CSU Long Beach Clean Energy Master Plan
University of Oregon – Straub Hall
Originally designed in 1928 as a dormitory, the University of Oregon’s Straub Hall was repurposed in the 1970s as a classroom facility for the Psychology department. Requiring a modernization to suit the needs of faculty and students, the university worked with Glumac’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering teams to help usher this building into the 21st century.
The University operates with an aggressive energy policy for its campus renovations. They must achieve a minimum of LEED Gold certification, operate at 30% above the Oregon energy code and maintain a flat-line in energy usage compared to the building’s original mark. Additionally, the university needed the classic look and feel of Straub Hall’s historic brick façade to remain intact. So, the challenge became transforming a nearly century-old dormitory into a modern academic facility, while maintaining its Colonial Revival aesthetic.
Glumac’s mechanical, electrical, plumbing engineering and construction management teams worked with the school to achieve these goals. Low-profile systems were heavily utilized in Straub Hall’s attic and basement spaces to maintain the integrity of the original design throughout the interiors. Active chilled beams used water from the facility’s existing central plant for small, easily hidden pipes over which air is passed to cool the interiors. A classroom space was added on to the u-shaped building to help accommodate 1,000 more classroom seats, a state of the art lecture hall.
Glumac also provided lighting design for the project, integrating a large skylight to maximize daylighting and providing a biophilic connection for the students and professors, which improves overall attentiveness and productivity. The room also features three connected HD projection screens above the whiteboards at the front of the space. A louvre system gives the users the ability to shade the skylight to darken the room, and a system of adjustable LED lights provide the flexibility to keep the white boards illuminated while the room is dark for the projectors. The LED’s, combined with advanced controls that give Straub Hall’s facility management near total control over the system, make the room five times more energy efficient than the standard system on the U of O campus. Lighting in the vintage lobby was redone by integrating fixtures on top of the existing crown molding, to illuminate the ceiling as well as the art work that has adorned the walls for several years.
Size: 58,000 sf
Cost: $44 million
Architect: Rowell Browkaw & Opsis Architecture
Owner: University of Oregon
Images courtesy of Christian Columbres
in a high-performance office building, lighting can account for 20% of energy use. Properly applied, lighting controls can easily reduce that portion by 25%. But, as with any high-performance strategy, there are subtleties to the technology and application. In this article, we’ll explain the basics of occupancy sensors and their important counterpart, the vacancy sensor. | Read More