opsis architecture

Opsis designed the new Academic Building as an advanced technology classroom building that formalizes an important campus entry point. An internal winter garden, organizing the building along an east-west axis, draws an inviting path to classrooms and the campus beyond.

The $9 million facility houses the Distance Education Program, the Computer Technology labs and offices, and 11 general-purpose classrooms. The recording studios and production facilities on the lower level are situated into the neighboring hillside. The north-facing computer technology and networking labs take advantage of diffuse daylight, while south-oriented offices and classrooms use sunshades and light shelves to bring daylight deep into the room and frame views beyond.

The unique wintergarden creates a tempered gathering space year-round. This space is warmed in the winter by sunlight. A portion of the return air, ordinarily exhausted to the exterior from the conditioned classrooms at the perimeter, is harnessed to provide the space with partially conditioned air without consuming additional energy. Passive ventilation and carefully oriented glazing keeps summer temperatures within a few degrees of ambient.

Stats

  • 46,000 sf
  • Completed 2004

Awards

  • Portland Chapter AIA Citation Award, 2006

Demonstrated Experience

  • Computer technology labs
  • General purpose classrooms
  • Distance learning program
  • Faculty offices
  • Recording studios
  • Production facilities
  • Wintergarden
  • Technology Classroom Building
  • Technology Classroom Building
  • Technology Classroom Building
  • Technology Classroom Building
  • Technology Classroom Building
  • Technology Classroom Building
  • Technology Classroom Building
  • Technology Classroom Building
  • Technology Classroom Building

Stats

  • 46,000 sf
  • Completed 2004

Awards

  • Portland Chapter AIA Citation Award, 2006

Demonstrated Experience

  • Computer technology labs
  • General purpose classrooms
  • Distance learning program
  • Faculty offices
  • Recording studios
  • Production facilities
  • Wintergarden
 
  • Technology Classroom Building
  • Technology Classroom Building
  • Technology Classroom Building
  • Technology Classroom Building
  • Technology Classroom Building
  • Technology Classroom Building
  • Technology Classroom Building
  • Technology Classroom Building