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Groundbreaking DDS Facility

PIVOT was excited to participate, golden shovel in hand, in the groundbreaking for Lane County’s new 26,000-SF Developmental Disabilities Services Facility.

The new building will be a welcoming and easy to navigate facility which will serve some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

Karen Gaffney, director of Lane County Health & Human Services Department, said, “The County is making a statement with this building.” She is proud to be part of building which will, “provide services for 3,000 of the most vulnerable people in the community. It shows that our people are worthy. Investing in community and staff is an important message,” she said.

Carla Tazumal, program manager for Lane County Developmental Disabilities department, commended PIVOT’s creativity and ability to design the facility during pandemic. “They figured out how to see materials in open air,” she said.

As Lane County Commissioner Joe Berney noted at the ceremony, this is one of the first facilities designed and built under the County’s community dignity protocol which promotes equity in the County’s design and construction practices.

Learn more about the DDS building which is slated to open in 2022.

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2022 PIVOT Fellowship Application Opens

The PIVOT Fellowship is intended as a means of fostering original thought about issues outside the daily routine or obvious future trajectory of the thought process of our firm. PIVOT Architecture will select one applicant partially based on the nature of their project proposal. The term runs from June till September.

Applications are due Friday, March 4, 2022, and should include project proposals, on a unique topic of the candidate’s choosing, along with a cover letter, portfolio, resume, and faculty references.

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.

Information sessions:

Monday, October 25th, 2021, 5:15-6:15, LA206
Monday, November 8, 2021, 5:15-6:15 on Zoom
See https://design.uoregon.edu/events for more information.

For more information, see our Fellowship page.

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Welcome to the PIVOT Team, Aero!

Aero Bechtle is a designer who recently received his Bachelor’s in architecture from the University of Oregon Clark Honors College. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a thesis on accessible lighting design. He loves to hike, make music, swim, play video games, and try new recipes. Aero is passionate about designing for everyone, regardless of demographic and abilities.

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Clay Neal, Newly Licensed Architect

Congratulations to Clay Neal, PIVOT Architecture’s newest registered architect!

Clay began his journey at PIVOT in 2017 as the inaugural PIVOT fellow while studying at the University of Oregon. Shortly after his graduation the following year, Clay returned to PIVOT as a full-time designer. Since, Clay has contributed immensely to the team by tackling projects like transit design to K-12.

“Architects use their imagination, creativity, and problem-solving abilities to respond to some of the toughest issues our communities face,” Clay said. “I’m excited to join a profession focused on creating beautiful and affordable housing, smarter and more vibrant cities, and universally accessible places that we all love to be in.”

“Clay is incredibly thoughtful in his design because is so good at listening to the client and understanding their needs,” said fellow architect Alexis Sliwinski.

Clay is aiming to use his architectural and stellar client relation skills to find solutions for the “Missing Middle” housing crisis, which was the focus of his 2017 PIVOT Fellowship.

Clay joins the fifteen other registered architects at PIVOT Architecture.