Embracing the Collegiate
A collaborative effort between Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Soderstrom, Dundon-Berchtold Hall is first new academic building on the University of Portland campus in over 20 years. Prior to its completion, the University’s student population had increased by 30% over the past decade, but the amount of classroom space had remained the same.
The new, three-story building provides much needed educational space with seventeen new classrooms, faculty offices, an auditorium, and a range of student support spaces. Classrooms were designed with several different sizes and configurations, including tiered “horseshoe” lecture classrooms, tiered cluster classrooms, and flexible flat-floor classrooms. The 146-seat auditorium includes a plasma display screen that can be used for lectures and performances. The building also houses the Dundon-Berchtold Ethics Study Center and Career Services.
University of Portland
Classrooms, faculty offices, auditorium, student support spaces, study center, career services
McKim, Mead & White Award for Excellence in Classical and New Traditional Design, Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, 2022
First Place Award in Secondary Education, Daily Journal of Commerce TopProjects, 2020
It’s a very elegant building. It looks like it’s been here a hundred years, which was the goal.
– Jim Ravelli, Vice President for University Operations