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Watzek Library

Project Info

Lewis & Clark College
Portland, Oregon
50,000 sf addition / 54,000 sf renovation
Completed in 1996

The Aubrey R. Watzek Library, part of Lewis & Clark’s three-building Signature Project, integrates the information technology department, media services, archives, an art gallery and the library into one building. The complex program builds on the relationships needed to fit into the expanded and remodeled building.

The existing cast-in-place floor and ceiling structure had proven exceedingly difficult for the College to wire for new technology. With strategic placement of book shelves in the most inflexible areas, an infrastructure of ducted telecommunication and power wiring in all new construction, and a perimeter power/data/telecom raceway in many areas of the existing building, Hacker transformed the Watzek Library into a building that successfully integrated information technologies throughout.