EMU: More Than Just a Renovation

Construction on the South Side of the EMU

Construction on the South Side of the EMU

EUGENE, Ore. – On campus you may have noticed bulldozers, fenced off areas, and men wearing bright orange vests with hard hats. That is because the EMU is beginning to undergo a major makeover.

After over fifty years, the EMU has endured a heavy amount of use, now facing much greater demands as a future facility of the University of Oregon. With the new renovation, a few perks that students have to look forward to are an increased amount of space, new food services, and even a campus pub.

Kelsey Bradshaw says, “I think it’s great that the university is renovating a building that is so essential to student and community life.”

Students and community members indeed will be able to enjoy this social center as they can assemble in larger conference rooms and gathering areas, these new aspects are important for generating ideas and discussions in this new encompassing three-story atrium.

“As an architecture major, I think EMU renovations are greatly needed,” says Neda Fattahi.

With a new design, architects have not let sustainable practices slip through the cracks. Shooting for a platinum rating from LEED, the new EMU will certainly receive a gold rating with innovations such as recycled heat from the furnace, an edible garden, and more efficient use of daylight.

Accommodating the transformation, University of Oregon’s MacArthur Court will be utilized as a facility to house the various institutions that make up the EMU until construction is complete by the fall of 2016.

For more information and a video explaining characteristics of the renovation click here.


About bryancargill

Bryan Cargill is a student at the University of Oregon pursuing a degree in journalism with a focus in videography, and a minor in multimedia. When not working at the University of Oregon Student Recreation Center as a graphic artist and videographer, he can be found with a camera making a short documentaries, music videos, or simply capturing the moment. He also enjoys his position as the content developer and videographer for the non-profit, SmartRoots, which focuses on the empowerment of children through sustainable education. Cargill’s hobbies include videography, photography, playing guitar, biking, digital art and learning about innovative forms of alternative energy.
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