Since 1950, the University of Oregon Erb Memorial Union (EMU) has served as a social and student activities hub where students and staff collaborate to inspire and sustain extraordinary programs and services that promote diversity, social interaction and growth. The building serves multiple interdisciplinary functions from meeting spaces, student and staff offices, food service, a craft center, and study areas.
After nearly 60 years and over a course of three project phases, the University found that the existing building no longer met the University’s expanding needs, and thus began to expand and renovate the historic site.
Heery provided commissioning services for a seismic and deferred maintenance renovation of the EMU. Famed as the location for the infamous movie “Animal House,” the EMU Expansion and Renovation project included substantial renovation of the better functioning and repairable portions of the building, including preservation of the most historically and architecturally compelling elements, and demolition, reconstruction and seismic strategies for the remainder of the building. The project creates an expanded university center, providing programs, services and spaces that are fully aligned with and supportive of the academic mission and values of the institution.
Services to the EMU satisfied LEED Fundamental and Enhanced commissioning requirements with the project performing to the highest levels of energy efficiency, and mirrored the State SEED guidelines.