“Spectacular” was a word heard more than a few times at Allen Hall on the University of Oregon campus on Friday, March 1, 2013.
School of Journalism and Communication faculty, students, alumni and friends came together on a sunny spring day to celebrate the official grand opening of the transformed building with high praise, confetti and a ribbon cutting.
The School is situated in the heart of a great research university, University President Michael Gottfredson said.
“What goes on here; what the faculty does here; what the students do here is connected inextricably to what the rest of this university does,” Gottfredson said. “Congratulations to all of you. We now have a building to match our program.”
The building’s new design incorporated the history of the nearly 100-year-old program while creating a space for imagining the future of media, Edwin L. Artzt Dean Tim Gleason said.
“The most exciting thing for me these past two months has been to see it working,” Gleason said. “It has been an incredible experience to see the energy and excitement and the creativity that is coming out of this space.”
Visitors toured the collaborative work areas and classrooms, admired the screens that feed information 24-7 to students and had their photos taken at the Oregon Daily Emerald Photo Booth.
The celebration was Journalism Advancement Council member Tracy Wong’s ‘88 first opportunity to see Allen Hall in full swing. He had visited and worked just after completion of construction and before move in.
“The building is already doing it’s job: Inspiring collaboration and interaction,” he said, pointing toward clusters of people gathered throughout the building. “I think that energy is going to propel this program into the future. It’s huge. Huge!”
Glenn Cole, ’92, of the advertising firm 72andSunny said the School has always been great at putting out the next generation of leaders.
“But I think this is really going to set students up in a unique way to hit the ground running when they do come out,” he said. “That’s what is really exciting.”
The 18,000 square foot addition and redesign is the result of years of planning and 18 months of construction.
Public relations senior Taimarie Locke, like many of her classmates, had the opportunity to experience the transformation of Allen Hall from start to finish.
“To say it was worth the wait is a complete understatement,” Locke said. “Allen Hall 3.0 is better than any of us could have imagined. From our high tech classrooms to our collaborative spaces to our beautiful study rooms, this building is absolutely spectacular.”
There’s that word again.