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Design Trip to Portland

As both an opportunity to serve as design inspiration and bring our staff together in a galvanizing experience, the entire PIVOT staff boarded a chartered bus and headed for a design field trip to Portland. During the trip, we learned a little bit about the projects that our co-workers cite as architectural inspiration and visited two noted Portland sites.

PIVOT connected with several project managers from Hacker to learn about some of the details behind the Portland Japanese Garden and the construction for First Tech Federal Credit Union.

The additions to the Portland Japanese Garden were designed by famed architect Kengo Kuma with Hacker serving as the local partner and combines traditional Japanese design with the spirit of the Pacific Northwest. The garden provides a place of tranquility while situated in the confines of the bustling metropolis. We learned how the Village House and Tea Café were intricately constructed with many locally-sourced materials.

The First Tech Federal Credit Union is a multi-phased project heavily using glulam and cross laminated timber (CLT) to decrease the carbon footprint of the 150,000 SF building. As CLT is a nascent building material in the US, for many of PIVOT’s staff it was the first time seeing it come together in a project.

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2019 PIVOT Fellowship Application Process is Open

After two successful years, PIVOT Architecture is pleased to announce that applications for the 2019 PIVOT Fellowship are now being accepted. Application deadline is March 1, 2019. The Fellowship term runs from June to September.


The Fellowship is open to University of Oregon BARCH, BIARCH, MARCH, and MIARCH students for the summer preceding their final year of study. One student will be selected following an application process that includes review of the candidates’ proposals for a project of their choice to be executed over the summer of the Fellowship.

2017 PIVOT Fellow Clay Neal focused on the “Missing Middle” housing in Eugene. Clay is now a designer with PIVOT Architecture.

2018 Fellow Evon Calabrese studied the intersection of architecture, psychology, and sociology. She is now completing the final year of her MARCH program at the University of Oregon.

More information on the PIVOT Fellowship.

 

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The 2018 PIVOT Fellow

PIVOT Architecture is extremely excited to announce that Evon Calabrese, a MARCH candidate at the UO, will be the 2018 PIVOT Fellow.

Evon will explore the intersection of architecture, psychology, and sociology and how those disciplines can be used with evidence-based design to improve productivity, ease anxiety, and promote wellness in spaces. She plans to investigate how evidence-based design can especially improve affordable housing complexes, educational, and institutional facilities like prisons and eldercare.

Evon holds a bachelors of fine art degree from the Massachusetts College of Design and is now pursuing a master’s degree in architecture at the University of Oregon. She worked for several years at other architecture firms including a stint in Kenya. After receiving her master’s degree she plans to pursue a Ph.D.

She will join PIVOT in early July after a study abroad in Vicenza, Italy.

Read more about Evon and the PIVOT Fellowship.

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Yachats RFPD New Station is Out to Bid

PIVOT is excited to announced that sealed bids for Yachats Rural Fire Protection District New Main Station are being accepted until May 8.

General construction services are needed for the construction of a new fire station and free-standing storage building along with earthwork, site improvements including grading, pavement, utilities, and landscaping to connect the new building to Highway 101. The project also includes the relocation of a non-fish bearing creek which is restricted to the In Water Work season as defined by the State of Oregon.

The site is 2056 Highway 101 North. It is on the east side of Highway 101 at the north end of Yachats.

Bid documents can be downloaded after April 9 at 10 am at PIVOT’s file transfer site. Submit bids to Yachats RFPD, at 215/217 W. 2nd St, Yachats, OR 97498, before 3 pm May 8. Bids will be opened right after the deadline.

For more information, check the DJC’s listing.