The expansion also will free space in existing facilities necessitated by the expansion of the Ducks’ athletics department since the original Casanova Center was completed in 1991.
The entire project will be privately funded through the philanthropy of Phil and Penny Knight and will include no use of public, state or general university fund dollars. Construction is expected to get underway after the first of the year, with the anticipated completion targeted for the summer of 2013.
At the center of the project will be a 130,000-square-foot expansion of the athletics department’s primary facility that currently houses the majority of department’s administrative and coaches offices, meeting rooms, training and medical treatment facilities, as well as locker rooms for four intercollegiate athletics programs.
“The University of Oregon and UO Athletics are so fortunate to benefit from the continued generosity and vision of Phil and Penny Knight,” the Ducks’ Director of Athletics Rob Mullens said. “This project epitomizes a long line of world-class facilities that has enhanced the University, and will add to the support we offer all our student-athletes. We are also fortunate to have an exceptional team leading the planning phase of this important project. They have spent long hours putting this project together and along with our staff, donors and fans, will help us continue our current standard of success in the future."
Since the Casanova Center was completed almost two decades ago, the University’s athletics department has increased its intercollegiate sports offerings with the beginning of intercollegiate competition in the sports of women’s soccer (1996), women’s lacrosse (2005), baseball (2009) and acrobatics and tumbling (2009-10). Oregon dropped its wrestling program following the 2007-08 season.
Featured in the expansion, which will wrap around the north and west sides of the Casanova Center, will be a new 25,000-square-foot weight room perched on the edge of three practice fields - an enhanced grass football practice field as well as the addition of two new synthetic turf practice fields - and a full-service dining facility available to all University athletes, students and staff.
The ground floor of the facility, which is expected to rise to a height of six floors at some points, will feature a lobby and reception area that will celebrate the proud history of the Ducks’ football program, and will accentuate the achievements of past and present Oregon football coaches, individual players and teams.
At the heart of the facility, which is cloaked in black metal and glass, is a centralized football operations center that will include nine dedicated football position meeting rooms, two team video theaters, offense and defense strategy rooms as well as a larger conference suite for the entire coaching staff. The centralized area will be flanked by office and locker facilities for coaches, staff and student-athletes. Additional amenities will include a players’ lounge, a recruiting center to host prospective student-athletes, dedicated areas to accommodate professional scouts, a media interview room as well as an advanced video editing and distribution center.
A new outdoor courtyard and plaza to the west of the Casanova Center is designed in the center of the complex, uniting the expansion with the existing Cas Center and Moshofsky Center.
While the project will temporarily result in the displacement of 144 parking spaces from the Casanova Center parking lot, the expansion will include the addition of 206 spaces with the construction of a combination of underground and surface parking areas. That will result in an approximate increase of parking by a minimum of 60 vehicles over what currently exists.
The expansion of the Casanova Center also will result in the creation of a new stadium complex for the school’s women’s soccer and lacrosse programs, which will be located at the east end of Autzen Stadium and to the south of PK Park.
The championship-caliber facility will feature a formal entrance for the first time and accentuate the development of the Ducks’ student-athletes, as well as provide an unequaled fan experience.
The new stadium will include separate coaches’ offices and locker room suites for both programs, as well as a shared meeting room. Enhancing the student-athletes experience will be locker-room access in close proximity to the synthetic turf playing surface.
Amenities to the first-class facility for spectators will include a pre-game event village that will include ticketing, concessions and restrooms also accessible for tailgaters that will enhance the Ducks’ fan experience during football game-day activities.
The synthetic playing surface also will allow for tented tailgating opportunities to take place inside the stadium during other athletics events.
Both facilities are designed to continue the University’s commitment to sustainability as they will be built to exceed the Oregon State Energy Efficiency Design (SEED) standards.
The design of the exterior of the Casanova Center expansion is intended to incorporate the inspiration of the past with an eye on the future. Textured and layered tinted glass, complemented with triple-paned, ceramic-fitted insulating glass and advanced mechanical systems, are designed to pro-mote a high level of energy conservation, while supporting the environment of efficiency within the structure.
The Casanova expansion is being designed by ZGF Architects in Portland, in collaboration with Firm 151 on the interiors, and Atelier Dreiseitl on landscape architecture. ZGF also designed the award-winning John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes on the Oregon campus. The general contractor is Hoffman Construction, who performed in the same capacity at the Jaqua Center, as well as the Matthew Knight Arena, which is opening in January, 2011.
Cameron McCarthy of Eugene is assisting ZGF and DLR in landscape design, planning and permitting.
The DLR Group has been selected to design the new women’s soccer and lacrosse stadium.