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.


PIVOT Architecture Announces New Hires


PIVOT is pleased to welcome new team members!


Rakshya Gauchan, Associate AIA, is a designer with a background in Architecture and Urban Design. Prior to joining PIVOT, Rakshya worked at various architecture firms in Toronto and Calgary. She is a place-maker at heart and wields ample creativity in sustainable design. Rakshya has a Masters of Architecture from University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.


Luis Erazo is a maker of things, a product designer, and a multimedia fabricator. With a Masters in Architecture from the University of Oregon in tow, he expanded his glassblowing artistry working for a local glass company. Luis brings his extensive knowledge of fabrication to PIVOT’s design culture and is an engaged team member on several active projects.


Josh Gren is PIVOT’s new marketing coordinator. He comes from an arts background where, over the last decade, he created signature marketing campaigns for non-profit arts organizations in the Midwest and along the West Coast. Josh holds an MBA and an MFA from California State University, Long Beach.



Michelle Schuett comes to PIVOT from the great outdoors where she has worked in youth job training and environmental conservation projects. She brings diverse experience and strong project management skills to her new role as PIVOT’s Project Assistant. Michelle has a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Park and Tourism Science from Texas A&M University.