Southern Oregon University Lithia Motors Pavilion

Embracing Southern Oregon University’s vision for the activities and amenities that will best serve the campus’s students, faculty, student-athletes, coaches and staff, CDArchitects teamed with Perkin’s Will Architecture of Denver, Colorado  to employ a process that values input from all stakeholders.  Fostering on stewardship and collaborating with staff to design an efficient and innovative, energy efficient project.

Over $30 million was spent to modernize and renovate the 60-year-old McNeal Pavilion on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. The state-of-the-art construction project features a new LEED Gold building, certified through the U.S. Green Building Council.

The project primarily focused on developing a modern and highly usable recreation facility. The result: a three-story, 100,000-square-foot building that offers a competition gym, locker rooms, classrooms, multi-use room, weight room, and climbing wall. Other features include a two-court recreation gym with a two-lane suspended running track with group exercise rooms, as well as office and support spaces.

In addition, the existing dance building auxiliary gym and racquetball building at the pavilion were overhauled to provide a revamped, upgraded space that is easily accessible and practical. A second story was also added to this building to serve as athletic office space.

Before beginning the project, teams had to look at the age of the building and put plans in place to protect key components of the building that were to be saved, such as the wooden floors of the gymnasium.