Mills Elementary School Auditorium
Klamath Falls, OR
This project for Klamath Falls City Schools consisted of the renovation and seismic rehabilitation of a 1940’s unreinforced masonry (brick) auditorium space. The funding for this $1.5 million project was provided by the Oregon Emergency Management Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program. ZCS’s responsibilities included Structural and Civil Engineer of Record for the complete seismic rehabilitation, program design, and construction administration. ZCS closely coordinated with the design team and met with the school building committee to determine the requirements of the project and to present solutions.
Silver Falls School District
Victor Point Elementary
Victor Point Elementary School’s seismic retrofit, funded by the state Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program, consisted of improving multiple CMU structures with new strong-backs, shear walls, ceiling diaphragms, and in-plane and out-of-plane top of wall connections to provide a reliable lateral load path. A challenge on this project, as is common with many SRGP projects, was to keep the existing roofing and built-in casework intact while making the adequate improvements. As a result of these improvements the ceiling was strengthened to act as a diaphragm and equipped with new lighting & finishes and new exterior walls were constructed with new siding & paint. This simultaneously gave the building an aesthetic ‘face-lift’ while satisfying the seismic grant scope of work.
Klamath Union High School Pelican Court
Klamath Falls, OR
Teaming with DLR Group, ZCS lead the seismic rehabilitation of Pelican Court, originally built in 1937. The multi-story concrete & steel gymnasium held historical importance to the community and it was important to cause minimal impact to the exterior façade of the building while making the necessary improvements. To do this, ZCS designed a retrofit using steel moment frames and rehabilitated the existing tied-arch rib roof structure with steel horizontal x-bracing (in-lieu of diaphragm roof sheathing). These solutions not only maintained the feel of the original gym, but also saved the client over $300,000.
As part of the bond funded improvements to the campus, ZCS worked with DLR to facilitate structural changes associated with renovations to update the building. The original orchestra seating, enclosed in a previous remodel, was opened to make a concessions area with second floor seating above the court and the existing wood floors and bleachers were kept and re-finished. Additionally, locker rooms were modernized and relocated to a new space.
Eagle Point High School Technology Center
Eagle Point, OR
ZCS was hired to design a remodel of classrooms at Eagle Point High School to turn them into a technology-focused learning center where the spaces promote a collaborative and adaptive basis for learning. The makerspace programs to be held in the remodeled wing include coding, CNC machining, printing, and lesson plans that explore design and taking projects from concept to reality. The Tech Center creates a bridge between past, present, and future teaching methods and technology.
The river of hexagonal carpet tiles in hues of blue creates a rhythm and flow throughout the technology center classrooms. Maintaining the client’s vision while keeping costs within budget was challenging but accomplished with the design of a few key features, like the folding NanaWall system that connects the main classroom to a smaller adjacent classroom. Glass walls, white floors, and recessed lighting offer a subtle, yet high-tech, aesthetic as you walk into the foyer where student work will be displayed. Accent walls in vibrant blues and yellows juxtapose the minimalist spaces representing the school’s colors and the energetic student population.
Hawthorne Park is a 20-acre tract of land located in Medford, Oregon where ZCS assisted the City of Medford with a partial renovation. The 7-acre renovation included replacement and expansion of the parking lot on Hawthorne Street, a new dog park, hard surface basketball and multi-use sport courts, natural play and standard equipment playgrounds, a restroom facility, open shelter space, a water play feature, and pedestrian walking paths throughout.
The city envisioned the park as a hub for its community and looked to create park features that could function as individual areas with the possibility to be used in conjunction for larger community events. ZCS was able to massage spatial layouts and get creative with hardscape and landscape interweaving to make this possible. Hawthorne Park now hosts the Rogue Valley Growers Market, one of the largest growers’ markets in Southern Oregon.
Southern Oregon University Raider Village
As Southern Oregon University’s enrollment increased and older buildings neared their lifespan, the college faced a potential housing shortage and hired SERA Architects to design a new 56.6 million-dollar development that included a 700-bed structure housed in two suite-style apartment buildings and a separate full-service dining facility. ZCS served as the civil engineer for the project, which included a 9.5-acre site programming layout, grading & drainage, and multiple roadway & utility improvements.
A half-mile of public storm main and a half-mile of the City’s main sanitary sewer system that needed to be rerouted posed substantial challenges for the project. Additionally, ZCS helped improve walk-ability & pedestrian crossings throughout the campus where there were severe grade changes through the use of concrete tunnels to maintain emergency service access to all existing and new buildings. A public street that ran through the campus was converted into a shared pedestrian and emergency services corridor to eliminate vehicular traffic.
The project achieved LEED NC Gold certification on all three buildings and Raider Village was given the ‘Best Use of Green/Sustainable Construction/Development’ award as well as ‘Best Implementation of Mixed-Use New Development’ award at the 2015 Interface Conference by Student Housing Business magazine.
Southern Oregon University Lithia Pavilion & Student Resource Center
ZCS assisted in the replacement of the aging McNeal Pavilion on SOU’s campus by providing Civil and Structural Engineering support to Perkins + Will. Renamed Lithia Pavilion, the 24 million-dollar, multistory building contains a 1,400-seat competition gym among other features for the university’s student body. The project also included a 17.7 million-dollar Student Resource Center funded by increased student fees voted on by the students. The Resource Center overlooks Raider Field and offers several distinct features including a suspended running track, multistory rock-climbing wall, and recreational gym. Suspending a running track opens the door for vibration issues and ensuring performance of the track was paramount. Complex modeling and vibration analysis during design resulted in a track that is a landmark of the building.
Given the steep slope from Raider Village down to Raider Field, creative design approaches were required to maintain connectivity between the various buildings and the field. Greenspace on the west side of the project allowed for a series of stairs and ramps to create an accessible path down the slope to the football stadium and an outdoor learning space.
SOU Lithia Pavilion & Student Resource Center earned LEED Gold certification in March 2019.
Washington Federal Bank Branch & Corporate Office
ZCS designed tenant improvements for Washington Federal located in a registered historic landmark building in downtown Portland’s Pioneer Square. The branch sits on a highly trafficked corner in a double height ground floor retail space and expands to the basement level through a historic terrazzo and brass communicating staircase for a total area of 9,200 square feet.
The improvements included the design of two program areas; a secure public bank branch that provided client privacy and private corporate office and meeting space. The client envisioned the two functions seamlessly integrating throughout the building. The design solution included partial height storefront walls and frosted glass office doors that served as a backdrop for both areas. This accomplished a visual connection yet secure divisions between the corporate offices and the banking area. An acoustic baffle ceiling system and sophisticated indirect lighting design mitigate acoustic and lighting issues in the space and create a stimulating visual. A large training and conference suite, employee lounge, break bar, and restrooms were also added to the unfinished basement level.