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University of Oregon Price Science Library Opens with Grand Results

UO Price Science Commons Library designed by Opsis Architecture

The University of Oregon Price Science Commons Library reopened October 2016 after 20-months of design work and construction with project partner, Andersen Construction. Total project budget was $19.5 million.

The newest library at the University of Oregon was designed by Opsis Architecture. The Allen Price Science Commons and Research Library was built to support an unprecedented integration of the sciences in UO research and education while remaining adaptable as information technology continues to evolve. It is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification.

The $19.5 million project opened this October 2016 after 20-months of design work and construction with project partner, Andersen Construction.

A few of the features of the new building are detailed here:

  • Boosts its area by 4,000 square feet, to more than 40,000 square feet
  • Increases the number of classrooms and study spaces
  • Doubles the total seating capacity
  • Provides reservable group study rooms
  • Offers specially equipped, discipline-specific rooms for biology, chemistry, computer science, human physiology, geology, and physics
  • Outfits a new makerspace
  • Showcases a “big data” visualization lab, and most dramatically
  • Adds a light-filled commons area that rises above the concrete plaza between Willamette Hall and Onyx Bridge in the heart of the Lorry I. Lokey Science Complex.

With a 72 percent surge in the number of science majors since 2000, the science library had long ago outgrown its former underground space, which had just one significant update in its 45-year life — two decades ago.

The positive response to the new facility exceeds the library staff’s most optimistic expectations, according to Adriene Lim, UO Libraries dean and Philip H. Knight Chair.

“We are thrilled,” she said. “We’re already seeing an impressive increase in the numbers of people using this library. They’re excited by the new services and technologies, and faculty members are quickly finding new ways to use them in their teaching and research.”

The renovation was kick-started by philanthropist Lorry Lokey with an $8 million lead gift in memory of Allan Price, the former UO vice president responsible for unprecedented growth in private philanthropy from 2001-08. (News story Courtesy of Around the O.)

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