College of Forestry at the Oregon State University envisioned a new learning environment for their Forest Sciences Complex in Corvallis, Oregon.
The Forest Sciences Complex comprises of three distinct but interconnected buildings – a new Peavy Hall (80,000SF) and a new Advanced Wood Products Centre for AWP (20,000 SF) that are supported by ancillary spaces in the existing Richardson Hall. The facilities are connected through extensive landscaping including an arboretum that acts as a living classroom for forestry students and adds to the richness of the College.
The new Peavy Hall provides innovative classrooms, research laboratories, administration offices, and faculty offices, that allow students and researchers to explore the vibrant wood industry in Oregon and beyond. The new Center for Advanced Wood Products (AWP) provides dedicated research spaces for developing and testing advanced wood products and leading-edge wood technologies.
The two new buildings comprise of educational and research facilities that extend beyond forestry to include the entire ecosystem, the industries that engage it, and more importantly the wide variety of people who will be environmental stewards of our future; the students. The mandate of the new building is to itself be a teacher – something to interact with and to learn from – and to showcase innovations in forestry and ecosystem design.