Willamette Hall

Architects: Ratcliff Architects; Moore Ruble Yudell
Date:  1990
Address: 1371 East 13th Avenue. Google Map
Sculpture: Albert EinsteinIsaac NewtonMarie CurieMaxwell and His Demon
Images: Oregon Digital



The planning team of The Ratcliff Architects, Moore Ruble Yudell, and McLellan & Copenhagen began work at the university on the new Science Complex in 1985.  Groundbreaking for the new complex, including Willamette Hall, took place April 7, 1987.  Willamette Hall was dedicated on Oct. 16, 1989, in a ceremony that included Governor Neil Goldschmidt and Senator Mark Hatfield. Environmental protestors, positioned throughout the atrium, enlivened the ceremony. Willamette Hall was the centerpiece of the $45.6 million project that included Cascade Hall, Deschutes Hall, Streisinger Hall. Funding for the four new buildings came primarily through a Department of Energy grant made possible through the work of Governor Victor Atiyeh and Senator Mark O. Hatfield. The four story atrium, named after UO's 13th president, Paul Olum, is one of the most impressive interiors on campus. Cascade, Deschutes, Streisinger, and Willamette halls opened for Winter Quarter, 1990.

Creative Team

Architect: Ratcliff Architects (Christopher Ratcliff, principal; Christie Johnson Coffin, Project Director; Carl Christiansen, Project Architect for Willamette Hall and Deschutes Hall.). Associated Designer: Moore Ruble Yudell (Buzz Yudell, principal designer; Charles Moore, principal-in-charge; John Ruble, Stephen Harby, James Morton, Principal designers. Landscape Architect: Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey; Cameron and McCarthy. Associated Architects: Brockmeyer, McDonnell. Contractors: Wildish Building Co. (Willamette and Streisinger halls); Robinson Construction Co. (Cascade Hall); Hyland & Sons, Inc. (Deschutes Hall). UO: Campus Planner: David Rowe. Project Director: Fred Tepfer. Project Manager: Garry Fritz.

Selected Resources

Newspaper Articles

  • "45.3 Million Science Complex Ranks as Biggest for Campus," Register Guard, 11/07/86, 1A.
  • "Protest Mars UO Dedication: Jeers Target Hatfield, Governor. Register Guard, 10/16/89: 1A.

Journal Articles

Page author:  Edward H. Teague