Oct 17, 2018

UO Chapman Hall Honored with a DeMuro Award for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation

Fortis Construction's historic rehabilitation of the University of Oregon Chapman Hall has been honored for excellence in preservation, reuse, and community revitalization. The DeMuro Award honors extraordinary historic rehabilitation projects and compatible infill development across Oregon – residential and commercial, urban and rural, private and public. It is the only state-wide award in Oregon recognizing the creativity, persistence, and craftsmanship required by outstanding restoration projects. This is Fortis Construction's third DeMuro Award, following the Oregon State University Furman Hall Restoration (2013) and the Oregon Supreme Court Exterior Rehabilitation (2017).  


Designed by the University of Oregon’s first Dean of Architecture, Ellis Lawrence, Chapman Hall blends many architectural styles, including Egyptian Revival and Art Moderne. Originally home to the campus bookstore and English and Modern Home Economics departments, the terra cotta and brick structure was rehabilitated through exterior repairs and repointing, seismic reinforcement, and energy upgrades allowing it to meet LEED Gold standards. A reorganized interior now includes classrooms, seminar rooms, offices and community space, while also retaining many historic features such as the Main West Stair, a 1942 wall mural by E.R. Scott, and the original Modern Home Economics Department fireplace.

For a full list of winners, click here

For the summary by our design partner Hennebery Eddy Architects, click here

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