Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center

Image source, architectural rendering: Around the O, May 15, 2018.

Location: East 15th Avenue and Villard Street.
Architect: Architecture Building Culture (ABC) in collaboration with The Maxine Studio.
Date:  Plans, 2018. Construction, 2019.  Opening: October 2019.
Square ft.:  3200 GSF.


The Black Cultural Center will house student organizations and programming that enriches the college experience of UO's black students.  The $2.2 million center, slated to open in fall 2019, has been embraced by donors, who have provided approximately $1.7 million in gifts, including a $1 million gift from Nancy and Dave Petrone. “ The center is a direct response to a demand made by the Black Student Task Force following a 2016 demonstration. Programming for the center will be funded through an allocation from the Presidential Fund for Excellence. The Campus Planning Committee presented a forum to review the cultural center plans on May 15, 2018. designed to maximize flexibility and accommodate an array of activities, including studying, student meetings, academic support and even small classes. The center also will showcase cultural pieces and artwork that celebrate black heritage.

The architectural firm ABC was founded in 2008 and has offices in Portland and Vancouver, British Columbia.  Its principals are Brian Cavanaugh and Mark Ritchie. We will be working in close collaboration with our Associate Designer, Darell W. Fields, Ph.D. of The Maxine Studio, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, KPFF Portland(structural engineer), PAE (MEP engineer), BHE (civil engineer), Brightworks (sustainability), Czopek Design Studio (interior design), and Bruce Mau Design (wayfinding & building identity).

The center is named for Lyllye B. Reynolds-Parker, a civil rights activist and member of one of Eugene's first black families. Parker graduate from UO with a BA in Sociology (1991) and worked as an academic advisor at UO for 17 years. The UO Board of Trustees approved the naming of the building at its summer meetings on Sept. 4 and 5 following a public process.


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Page author: Edward H. Teague