UO Allen Hall School of Journalism and Communication

While with YGH Architecture, Miles Woofter was Project Manager on this facility for the University of Oregon that knits together old and new, tradition and innovation. Created in collaboration with Architects of Record TBG Architects & Planners, the expansion and renovation of historic Allen Hall included the adaptive reuse of buildings constructed in 1922 and 1954 and the addition of carefully integrated new construction.

Designed to encourage a culture of collaboration and the use of multi-modal learning, the project provides varied learning environments for students and faculty. The remodeled and new spaces emphasize flexibility in varied types and sizes of rooms for both formal and informal learning. Labs, classrooms, offices, and the spaces between are configured to encourage group meetings, public discourse and interactions between faculty and students.

The project necessitated a complete remodel to the pedestrian environment on three sides of the building. The new site features included entry courts for two major entryways and a gracious pedestrian way that incorporated stormwater planters and seating elements for informal gathering. Universal access was achieved by strategically knitting terraces together with sloped walks and planter walls.

Project Credits

Design Architect
Yost Grube Hall Architecture

Architect of Record
TBG Architects & Planners

Lease Crutcher Lewis

Pete Eckert