In 2020, we completed two new mass timber buildings for the internationally recognized College of Forestry at Oregon State University. Located on campus within the Forest Science Complex (FSC), the new Peavy Hall and the AA “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory (AWP) upholds the College’s vision to create a dynamic learning, collaboration, and research environment for managing and sustaining working forest ecosystems in the 21st Century.
The new Peavy Hall (83,000 sq. ft.) is connected to the complex natural layers, systems, and networks of a forest, from soil to sky. The many unique characteristics of a forest ecosystem play into the character of the building, giving the design deeper meaning. The building is designed as two intersecting bars, connected to the existing Richardson Hall. A simple academic bar features 20 classrooms, computer rooms, and laboratories. Classroom and lab spaces range from small to large and interior to exterior, facilitating a range of teaching styles in an inspiring environment for students to study all aspects of the forest landscape. The Roseburg Forest Products Atrium, at the heart of Peavy Hall, is shaped by towering two-storey Douglas fir columns and captures the feeling of being in the forest. The Atrium is directly connected to the Peavy Arboretum, a curated collection of local plant species that acts as a living classroom for forestry students, community, and industry.