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July 23, 2020


Photo by Teresa Burcher
Parking levels are above ground on the first four floors, or 75% of the floor plan. Apartment units take the remaining space.

Aspire Student Housing — 959 Franklin Building

Location: Eugene

Contractor: Western Partitions Inc.

Architect: Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture

Team: International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, CWallA, L&W Supply, Hamilton Drywall Products, HILTI, SCAFCO Steel Stud Co., USG Building Systems

The Aspire Student Housing project, now known as the 959 Franklin Building, is a 12-story, 230-unit student housing building across from the University of Oregon campus.

Able to house 443 students, the building includes many amenities such as common areas, modern apartments, penthouse fitness center and yoga studio, rooftop swimming pool, hot tub, green space and parking garage. One of the tallest buildings in Eugene, the apartments offer views of the Willamette River, Willamette Valley and Autzen Stadium, home of the Ducks.

What makes the building unique is that the parking levels are above ground on the first four floors, or 75% of the floor plan, while 25% are apartment units. A particular challenge was that only floors six to 11 were repeated floor plans, while floors one to five and 12 were unique designs, requiring more attention to detail on the drywall and framing. In addition, the site is surrounded by bodies of water on three sides, while the fourth is a high-traffic street, limiting space on the jobsite and requiring just-in-time deliveries.

WPI predicts the 959 Franklin Building will be among the best living accommodations for UO students for decades.

Judges’ comment: “Wonderful design and execution with fun details. The students are going to love it.”

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