University of Oregon, Eugene
With HDR Architects and Engineers
Completed in 2012 | LEED Platinum
The new Lewis Integrative Science Building (LISB) at the University of Oregon (UO) opened its doors on October 26, 2012. The building is home to research clusters centered around interdisciplinary and integrative research missions; its purpose is to create new synergies across diverse academic disciplines by literally uniting the sciences. The building houses biologists, chemists, psychologists, neurologists, computer scientists, and other researchers working alongside one another to tackle some of society’s greatest challenges.
UO is nationally recognized for translating basic research discoveries into practical applications. The LISB enables this research through its uniquely configured spaces offering advanced laboratories and large-scale scientific equipment. The interior architecture is rooted in the idea of connectivity—linking the sciences, the outdoors and the interior spaces. The entire building, from the basement to the fourth floor, supports the premise of science as an open, collaborative process rather than an isolated exercise conducted behind closed doors. The voluminous atrium forms the building’s heart—an expansive space for collaboration and activity that serves concurrently as the building’s “living room” and a primary thoroughfare for the Science Complex.
In addition to designing this interdisciplinary lab building, the project included multiple connections to existing science buildings and planning for the next phase of expansion.