The Design Commission has approved designs for a remodel of the Portland State University Peter Stott center, which will include the creation of the new Viking Pavilion. The project by Woofter Architecture, Sink Combs Dethlefs Architects and Lango Hansen Landscape Architects will create a new multi-purpose arena with seating for 3,400 people in the heart of the PSU Campus. As reported in March of last year, the building will also be used by OHSU, who are contributing part of the funding. Other functions to be located in the building include new classroom space, offices, a cafe and a student lounge. 62 short-term bike parking spaces will be provided. No vehicular parking is proposed.
The site for the PSU Viking Pavilion is the existing Peter Stott center, which was built in 1967 to designs by the firm now known as ZGF. Although portions of the existing structure will be used, the project will essentially result in the rebuilding of the eastern half of the building. More minor alterations will be made to the western half of the building, where existing athletics functions will be retained.
Proposed materials for the project include pleated and folded metal panels, storefront and curtainwall glazing, cast in place concrete, and brick veneer. The transparent exterior will allow for views of the arena from the building’s exterior, similar to Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum.
The main entry to the building will be from a terrace facing the South Park Blocks. At the north end of the terrace a series of steps will lead up to the terrace from the pedestrianized SW Park Avenue.
The project was approved by the Design Commission on March 24th, 2016, after one Design Advice Request hearing and two Design Review hearings. The Final Findings and Decision By The Design Commission [PDF] concluded that the project will create a vibrant facility, in contrast to what exists there now:
the proposed renovation of the Peter Stott Center will turn the existing outdated, inwardly-focused building into an outwardly-facing, vibrant facility that celebrates its important location fronting the south termination of the South Park Blocks.
Conditions of approval were added that the brick wall of the terrace facing SW Park will remain exposed, and not be planted with ivy; and that wall should either have a new art piece mounted to the wall, or that the brick should have a three dimensional treatment. Building permits for the project are currently under review.
Blegh. Why does everything at PSU need to be a giant, boring cube?
Move the Coliseum across the river.