Summary: Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis boasts a student body that includes knowledge seekers from more than 100 countries. Geared toward providing residents with the opportunity to learn about other cultures, the OSU INTO Center is a blend of academic, residential and retail facilities being built by Fortis Construction. The 156,000-sf facility is unique in its “Z” shape as it is in the different amenities offered that “bridge academics and residential living.”
The $55-million International Living Learning Center also offers 26 on-site classrooms a general purpose auditorium, and lounge/study areas accessible 24/7, as well as a coffee shop and a market literally “down the hall”. “Because of the mixed-use nature of the facility, our crews are required to expertly navigate between residential and commercial electrical codes,” explained Bergelectric Superintendent Mike Johnson. “The two different types of construction also doubled the amount of modeling time by our detailers to ensure accuracy, but the effort ultimately provided us with an end product that was both constructible and meets the university’s vision,” added Bergelectric Project Manage Paul Peterson.