Oregon State University contracted with FFA Architecture & Interiors to provide services for an ADA upgrade feasibility study for the historic Memorial Union building. The scope of services for the project included meetings with OSU and Memorial Union constituents, development of design options, evaluation recommendations, structural implications, and cost estimating. To date, the barriers had been identified by previous ADA assessments commissioned by OSU, and OSU anticipated there were likely different options or approaches to improving the building’s accessibility. The study focused on the building’s northern entry, its connection to the Rotunda, and pinch-points existing between the Rotunda and the hall spaces to the east and west. The historic east/west corridor was located behind the Rotunda. A remodel done in the late 1970’s added the ramps currently in the Rotunda space and created the choke points that exist today. The Memorial Union’s exterior is considered a historic resource, however a more significant amount of design freedom is allowed on the interior. The study produced five (5) distinct design options for addressing accessibility at the Memorial Union.
Oregon State University’s Commitment to Universal Design
People with disabilities must be full members of the educational community. What persons without disabilities view as conveniences may present serious barriers for people who have disabilities. We must provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal opportunity and access to all programs, activities, and services of the University.
Oregon State University has adopted "Best Practices" for the design and construction of our facilities. These best practices have been incorporated into the Facilities Services Construction Standards that every project is required to follow.