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Former Partner Dick Bryant Passes Away

Richard “Dick” Bryant, AIA, a longtime partner of the firm who piloted a number of projects with school districts and was instrumental to PIVOT’s early success, died December 12. He was 70 years old. He retired from the firm in 2003.

In 1974, Dick began his long architectural career in Eugene with William W. Wilson and Associates later growing the company to Wilson, Bryant, Gunderson and Seider Architecture and Planning. Thanks in part to Dick’s leadership, the firm evolved to WBGS Architecture and Planning and to become one of the largest architecture firms in the Willamette Valley. The firm changed its name to PIVOT Architecture in 2006.

“Without Dick’s five-year plan for more responsibility and firm ownership, as well as instilling in us the confidence that Dick, Eric Gunderson, and I could be the next generation of firm leaders,” said Bill Seider, FAIA, “our careers would have certainly followed a very different path, and PIVOT Architecture would likely not be the family we are today.”

Among the many projects during his 29-year tenure with the firm, Dick designed Bohemia Elementary School in Cottage Grove and other school buildings in Brookings, Corvallis, Florence, Junction City, and Philomath. He also designed the building for the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis.

Dick was born and grew up in Portland before moving to Bellevue, WA. He attended the University of Washington and received his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1970.

Dick was an Oregon-registered architect and gave much to the profession throughout his career. He served as president of the American Institute of Architects Southwestern Oregon chapter on two separate terms, was the president of AIA Oregon, and served for many years on the AIA-OR’s Legislative Committee. After retiring from WBGS in 2003, Dick opened his own small architectural firm in Corvallis, Alta Vista Design.

Dick is survived by his wife Nancy, son Eric, granddaughter Mariah, brother Joe, and sister Kathleen. He will be greatly missed.

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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.