University of Oregon Miller Theatre Expansion

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Eugene, OR

University of Oregon

Thomas Hacker Architects, Inc.

Fortis Construction

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Providing an extensive expansion of the Theatre complex including additions to Villard Hall and Robinson Theatre that will provide a modern entry lobby, a studio experimental theater with a capacity of about 150, additional theater support, and instructional spaces. It also includes remodeling the theater complex as needed to support the new theater and to enhance the function, programming and appearance of the existing facilities. catena has worked closely with Thomas Hacker Architects to provide a design that meets the owner's budget in a time of rapidly escalating construction costs, and speaks to the expression and fluidity that is the signature of the Theatre. catena aided the team by value engineering the structure at every level, examining several structural options to arrive at the effective solution. Thomas Hacker and the University selected catena for this project due to our open approach to structural systems selection - knowing we would not approach the project with a predetermined solution, but rather we would adapt the design to the needs of the users, designers, and the contractor.