Lane Community College Downtown Campus (DTC) is a state-of-the-art educational facility and a showcase for sustainability. The design features two L-shaped buildings nested on the site in a manner that places active uses at the perimeter of the site and shelters a courtyard and community gathering place within. One building is devoted to academic functions and the other provides convenient student housing (Titan Court) in the heart of downtown Eugene.
Project goals and strategies highlighting the team's effort to create a sustainable design included achieving LEED Platinum for the Academic building and LEED Gold for the Housing (certification pending).
The project proudly occupies the previous site of a vacant pit (once a Sears department store, long since demolished) that served as an unfortunate symbol of Eugene's urban neglect. Along with the Eugene Public Library and Lane Transit District Eugene Station, the mixed-use DTC is now an energizing cornerstone for downtown revitilization.
The center consists of two L-shaped buildings that mirror each other, creating an internal courtyard in the center of the site. The four-story academic building includes classrooms and administrative spaces supporting a variety of programs, among them the Northwest Water + Energy Education Institute. The Institute provides students access to HVAC and lighting laboratories featuring the latest technological advancements. These facilities make it possible for observation and analysis of energy-efficient systems in a live setting, fueling sustainable design in the future.
The six-story housing block (Titan Court) provides convenient housing for LCC, Northwest Christian University, and University of Oregon students in the heart of downtown Eugene. The design includes an assortment of studio, 2-bedroom, and 4-bedroom units accommodating a total of 255 beds.
The Lane Community College Downtown Campus employs passive cooling, geothermal heat, and a 125kW photovoltaic system to achieve 50% savings over ASHRAE 90.1. Other features include rainwater harvesting, radiant floors and ceiling panels, and extensive reliance upon daylighting.