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Kun Zhang

Student Recreation Center

University of Oregon

Interface designed many creative energy and water solutions for this greatly anticipated renovation. As a result, overall energy use is expected to be 40% less than a baseline building.

Eugene, Oregon

Client: RDG Planning & Design, Robertson Sherwood Architects PC

Building Size: 40,000 sf renovation and 110,000 sf addition

Project Cost: $50 million

Certifications: LEED Platinum

Completed in two phases, the new center fuses together the school’s existing Physical Education Building, Student Recreation Building, and future Health and Human Performance Center. The project is a state-of-the-art model for sustainable design and substantially improves the existing dated facilities. With the additional challenges of LEED Platinum certification, a limited budget, and a tight site, Interface came up with several solutions including design for a rooftop solar hot water array, air-to-water heat pumps, a low-energy dehumidification system, air-to-air flat plate heat recovery, and chilled beams. The design team also tapped into existing resources by utilizing waste heat from the steam tunnels that run below the site. Air-to-water heat pumps use the waste heat and draw temperatures up to 100 degrees to preheat pool water.

News & Awards

  • Honor Award, AIA Southwestern Oregon, 2018
  • Outstanding Sports Facility Award, National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association, 2016
Kun Zhang
Kun Zhang
San Leandro Unified School District 9th Grade Campus

San Leandro, California

Waldorf High School

Seattle, Washington