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.



Curt Wilson Named Interim Executive Director of AIA Oregon

PIVOT Architecture is pleased to announce that Principal Curt Wilson has been appointed Interim Executive Director of AIA Oregon – the premiere advocacy group for architects in the state. The new appointment means that Curt will be transitioning out of the PIVOT family over the next few months. He will continue to support his clients and be a strong leader in the office through late-summer. “Curt’s enthusiasm and way of caring about his clients has inspired our team here at PIVOT for many years,” says Principal John Stapleton. “His boundless energy and leadership have been immeasurably impactful in the firm and community,” adds Principal Larry Banks.  “We know he will bring that same enthusiasm to his new position with AIA Oregon.”

Curt joined PIVOT shortly after graduating with a Master’s Degree from University of Oregon in 1990. He was made a firm Partner in 1999. He holds an architecture license in four states. During his 29 years at PIVOT, Curt has worked tirelessly – always putting his relationships with clients first. In addition to his design work and leadership, Curt has been a staunch advocate for Oregon architects though his role of Vice President of Legislative Affairs for AIA Oregon. Curt’s experience and advocacy make him uniquely suited to take on the Executive Director role for the organization – representing and guiding architects throughout the state. “Curt has an amazing passion for architecture,” praises Principal Kari Turner. “In his new role, he will be able to channel that passion for the good of the profession and for all of us who work within the field of design and construction.”

Of course, Curt’s valued relationships extend beyond his clients to the entire PIVOT staff. “I am so grateful to have worked with Curt for the last 12 years at PIVOT,” says Principal Kelley Howell. “His energy, commitment, and drive have left a strong imprint in my professional development. I know he will make an excellent leader in the AIA Oregon community.” And Principal Toby Barwood, who has been partners with Curt for more than 10 years, agrees. “When we heard he was picked to lead AIA Oregon,” says Barwood, “it seemed like a natural fit. We couldn’t be more excited.”

All 35 members of the PIVOT team are appreciative for the time and dedication Curt has given to the firm during the last three decades and are looking forward to seeing the bright future ahead for Curt, PIVOT, and architecture in Oregon.


About PIVOT Architecture

PIVOT Architecture has been shaping the communities of the Willamette Valley and beyond for more than 60 years. Their 35 employees provide architecture, planning, and inspired interior design services to a variety of public and private clients. Projects range from office remodels to new school campuses and from industrial facilities in smaller communities to iconic transit stations in cities throughout the western United States.


PIVOT Architecture Announces New Principal

PIVOT Architecture is pleased to announce the appointment of John Stapleton as the newest Partner.

Stapleton has been an integral part of the PIVOT team since 2007, and spent more than 15 years in the construction industry prior to joining the architecture world. He is a LEED accredited professional – contributing to the health, wellness, and long-term sustainability of structures in the Willamette Valley – and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

“John brings big-picture and strategic thinking to our partnership group,” explains Partner Kari Turner. “He’s connected to a variety of industries and is passionate about leveraging those connections to enhance our community. He’s always looking for ‘what comes next.’” And Partner Tobias Barwood agrees: “John’s view is long and broad, as many strong thinkers tend to be.”

During his time at PIVOT, Stapleton has become an expert and invaluable resource in a myriad of sectors. His research and insight into Career Technical Education (CTE) has made him an industry leader on the future of Kindergarten through 12th grade educational infrastructure. His education work in the greater Eugene area includes the recent construction of Howard and River Road Elementary Schools and remodeling projects for schools in Monroe. But his talent extends beyond local school districts. Stapleton’s work can be seen at Lane Transit District, TriMet in Portland, Oregon Country Fair, and multiple private facilities around Lane County.

“I’m honored by the trust and confidence shown by the PIVOT Partners in offering me this opportunity,” says Stapleton. “I look forward to the years of good work we’ll be doing together for our clients and community.”

Now with six Principals, PIVOT continues to be one of the largest and most influential architecture firms in the region. In addition to Stapleton, Turner, and Barwood, PIVOT Partners include Larry Banks, Kelley Howell, and Curt Wilson.


Advertisement for Chintimini Senior and Community Center Construction Bids

City of Corvallis
Chintimini Senior and Community Center
Building and Site Improvement Project


Sealed bids for the construction of improvements to Chintimini Senior and Community Center Building and associated site improvements, Project No. 673237, will be received at the Parks and Recreation Department, 1310 SW Avery Park Dr. Corvallis, OR 97333, until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2019 at which time the bids will be publicly opened and read.

The work consists of:

Building Addition.  The approximate 2,500 sf building addition is comprised of a concrete foundation, concrete slab on grade, wood framed walls and roof structure, single ply roofing, fire sprinklers, HVAC system, and power, lighting, and low voltage systems, and other improvements as shown on the drawings.

Building Renovation.  The approximate 5,500 sf existing building renovation includes office relocations, lobby and reception improvements, restroom improvements, MEP improvements, addition of a fire sprinkler system, the addition of a new entrance and vestibule, casework, and other improvements as shown on the drawings.

Parking lot improvements.  A new parking lot with earthwork, paving, pavement markings, landscaping, lighting, storm water management upgrades, and other improvements as shown on the drawings.

Other site improvements.  Site improvements, including developed courtyard space north and south of the existing building, sidewalks, enhanced plant areas, irrigation improvements, fencing to screen equipment, site amenities, utilities serving the building and other improvements as shown on the drawings.

The bid documents for this project will be available for downloading on March 14, 2019 after 9 am, from  Hard copies will be available for viewing at the mandatory pre-bid meeting. All who are known by the City to have received a complete set of the document will receive notification when additional items are posted through Public Purchase.

This is a public works contract subject to ORS 279C.800 to 279C.870.

A mandatory pre-bid meeting is required for this project.  There are two dates available, Wednesday, March 20th and Tuesday, March 26th.  Contractors are required to attend ONE of the pre-bid meetings.  Both of the mandatory meetings will be held at Chintimini Senior & Community Center located at 2601 NW Tyler Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330.  Parking in this area can be difficult.  Please allow time for locating parking.

The mandatory pre-bid meetings will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. Potential bidders arriving more than 10 minutes late will not be admitted.

The City encourages small, minority- and women-owned businesses to bid.

For more information, contact Jacqueline Rochefort, 541-766-6468. Hearing and Speech Impaired: Contact Oregon Telecommunications Service 7-1-1.