Building a “Theater for Basketball”
The University of Oregon and National Championship Properties, its public not-for-profit arena development entity, commissioned Bergelectric for the electrical installation for a new basketball arena. Establishing an intimate house for basketball has been the goal from the beginning of the design, with the phrase “Theater for Basketball” becoming the standard for the project. The capacity of 12,500 for basketball includes club seating and donor suites, with the university opting for a small number of suites to achieve the revenue goals while preserving the intimacy factor of the seating bowl.
The complex anchors the primary public entry to the campus in Eugene and the building is planned as an important destination for the university and for community to meet. The arena accommodates practice, training, and administrative functions. An academic center serving all student athletes is nearby. An equally intimate spectator venue for volleyball is also planned as part of the project.
The project was designed to exceed state requirements for
sustainable design, and has achieved LEED® Silver certification.
Electrical Construction Cost
April 2009 – July 2011
Other Team Members
Ellerbe Becket Architecture
Henderson Engineers, Inc.
Berg Regional Office
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