UO Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

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UO Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

160,000 sf | Eugene, OR | Critical Environments | Infrastructure & Public Works

The Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact (KCASI) in Eugene, Oregon, was a fast-paced project to construct a 5-story, 160,000-square-foot top-rated research facility on the University of Oregon campus. The interdisciplinary scientific research facility includes a clean room, laboratories, collaborative workspaces, and a 3D print room.

Working as General Contractor Hoffman Construction’s mechanical partner, Hermanson joined the project team to provide full mechanical construction as the under-slab plumbing was being completed by another subcontractor, and the BIM modeling was already months into progression. Hermanson immediately set about addressing the University’s major concerns of access and maintenance of the mechanical and plumbing systems. Suggestions by Hermanson included changing major equipment locations, re-organizing mechanical spaces, and re-routing plumbing and mechanical racks, coordinating with ceiling, metal, and glass panel subcontractors as well as the GC and typical MEP teams. 

This technically complex project—with over 28 unique piping systems and four different duct materials—is recognized as an architectural and technical showpiece for the University. 

Completed in 2020