Good design enhances the human experience and encourages academic and personal growth. For most students, a college campus is a life changing and immersive experience. Our role as architects is to design environments that encourage the best possible experience.
Award Winning Design
Dundon Berchtold Hall
Recently awarded the 1st Place award at the DJC Top Projects Awards, Dundon Berchtold Hall is first new academic building at the University of Portland in over 20 years. The new building is adjacent to two traditional campus icons: Romanaggi Hall, a building with traditional pointed arches, and Waldschmidt Hall, built in 1891 and the oldest building on campus. As a result, the design team chose a classic, collegiate Gothic expression to complement the neighboring buildings and enhance the distinct sense of place on campus.
From Our Clients
“Soderstrom was able to listen to us as a client and deliver on a project with a short timeline. The design exceeds the physical needs of our campus and honors the collegiate heritage by physically defining a sense of purpose and academic tradition.”
Rev. John J. Donato, C.S.C. | Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Portland
“Soderstrom has been a valuable asset in getting us where we are today. They are at the top of my ranking of architects to work with based on how well they have responded with ideas, while still protecting the priorities of this building.”
Bill Jacques | Pence Construction, OSU Operations Facility
“I was impressed by the thoroughness of the Soderstrom team and their commitment in seeing the job through to completion without requesting additional design fees. Soderstrom delivered a great project while helping us to stay within budget. I would recommend them to other owners with similar projects.”
Christina Vinson, P.E. | Project Manager, Oregon State University
These include spaces for traditional lectures, active learning, conferences, small seminars, basic and applied research, science and engineering labs and maker spaces. These are the critical core of the university.
Housing & Dining
Student life for Gen Z is very different from the past. New forms of housing and new approaches to food service have to keep up with student sensibilities to attract and retain students.
These fall into two categories. The first includes those that enhance student health, personal growth and widening of their physical and emotional horizons. Indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, health clinics, game rooms, museums, practice facilities for music, theater and art all fall into this category. The other category is the interface between the student and the university. The registrar, financial aid, admissions, academic and career advising, work study programs and similar services are typical.
Facilities master plans can include assessments of existing buildings and infrastructure, projections of capital repair and replacement events, planning for changing student body characteristics, planning for changes in academic programs, pedagogical approaches or laboratory technology. Plans are often used for funding campaigns and may also be required by local jurisdictions.
Higher Education Team
Our team has years of experience higher education environments for public and private institutions. Whether new builds or renovations, we bring the latest thinking on everything from new arrangements that encourage active learning to new sustainability techniques for net zero energy use.
Eric TalbotAssociate Principal
Jeff BringenbergProject Manager