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Oregon State University: Extension Office and Experiment Station
Owner: Sherman County, Oregon
This project provides a mix of County uses including offices for OSU's Experiment Station, Sherman County Extension Agents, the County Planning staff, and the Sherman County Weed District will be accommodated.
The design concept places the required spaces along both sides of a central interior corridor. This interior "street" is topped with a glass solarium to suffuse the interior with natural light and ventilation. Doors and windows at each end give access to the Experiment Station's yard and views of the distant wheat fields beyond. A large meeting room for classes and community use anchors the project and is sheathed in local basalt stone. The remaining exterior is wrapped in siding made from Juniper trees, a hardy but non native evasive plant whose use helps to remove it from the State. Finally, a monopitch roof collects stormwater and deposit it into swales in the front of the building adjacent to the trellised entry walk.