Excellence in Construction – The University of Oregon Football Operations Building Project

Excellence in Construction – The University of Oregon Football Operations Building Project

February 25, 2014
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The CasX is as architecturally sensitive of a project as there can be. The client has the highest of standards for the Ducks football programs new state of the art 130,000 sqft operations building that will be unsurpassed in the nation. This building features high end locker, position, team and media rooms coupled with a lobby and reception area. There is also a weight room, running track and many offices for football operations. The upper floor will house a players' lounge, recruiting center and areas to accommodate NFL scouts. We are using BIM and Trimble to meet the high demands and fast pace of this project The Len Casanova Center Expansion is a new 130,000sf state-of-the-art facility, designed to center around the football programs operations. This architecturally unique project has some distinct features most of which will not be revealed until the grand opening in summer of 2012; however, the facility is destined to exceed all expectations and set a new standard among athletic complexes nationwide. This building features high end locker, position, team and media rooms coupled with a lobby and reception area. There is also a weight room, running track and many offices for football operations. The upper floor will house a players' lounge, recruiting center and areas to accommodate NFL scouts. Hydro-Temp brings BIM (Building Information Modeling) and Trimble to this project, in order to achieve project goals with the highest level of efficiency and accuracyFor some projects we work to make dreams come true. Such is the case with the Hatfield-Dowlin complex, in which we realized the dreams of football coaches, architects, and visionaries to create the most architecturally stunning, technically advanced, purpose built, results driven sports training facility on planet Earth located here in Oregon. Our contribution to this project won the Eagle award for Excellence in Construction.

The building incorporates everything the Ducks’ team needs to be at its peak. Advanced weight room and training facilities are expected of course, but absolutely no detail was overlooked. From the moment you enter the parking garage, the building imprints you with the Duck’s brand and mission. For visiting teams this invokes doubt and apprehension; for the Ducks and their fans, passion and pride.

There is lot to be proud of: the building boasts world class offices, a commercial grade kitchen supporting a high impact nutrition program, executive dining, multiple briefing theaters, teaching rooms, separate lounges for players, coaches, NFL scouts, and families, locker rooms for players and coaches, conference rooms, a Media room and a strategy center called Area 51. The Duck’s amenities are unrivaled in the NCAA or NFL. The architectural details and purpose of the building, created some challenges for the building mechanical systems. The large amounts of hardwood, glass, and other sensitive high-end finishes required all of the 5 million BTU heating and 300 ton cooling systems to be up and running before interior finishes were installed.

Every usage scenario was thought through by the Hydro-Temp project team, from the volume of foot traffic each area would have, to the resilience needed to with- stand team rough housing, and the purpose the facility served. Like the Ducks Team, the mechanical systems go above and beyond to perform. HVAC systems exhaust each and every locker in the locker rooms, so the locker room smells like a spa while working to dry out the player’s gear. The heating and cooling system smoothly adjusts to load swings from hundreds of people swelling into a space for a short amount of time, such as the lobby, the dining area, media room, and the large and small theaters.

Although this was a new construction project; changes in design throughout the project kept us thinking on our feet. We transformed a storage closet into the stunning Ring Room, which displays past championship and bowl rings earned by the Ducks in a Tiffany Style casing, and developed the system to diffuse the heat which would build up in the small space. Whether retrofitting existing structures or working with new construction, Hydro-Temp teams consis- tently rise to these challenges. We’re proud to serve the Pacific Northwest and love to work with organizations demanding creative, efficient solutions for their facility.

Hydro-Temp is proud to be part of the construction team that brought this project for life for the Duck’s football team.

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