Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center

Location: University of Oregon - Autzen Stadium

Duration: Planning/Design - 1/15 through 2/16

Install - 3/16 through 8/16

Client: University of Oregon Athletic Department

University of Oregon

University of Oregon Athletics

Additional Parties: Phil and Penny Knight, Hoffman Construction, SRG Architects


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Opportunity:
A privately funded addition to the existing Casanova Center – including cutting-edge sports science technology, expanded performance and medicine technologies, and optimized sports equipment storage. For Spacesaver Specialists the specific interest was in equipment storage, with a focus on high-end design and unique solutions using high density mobile systems and material lifts.

Solutions:
Seven highly customized Spacesaver high density mobile shelving systems. This allows the size of the equipment collection to grow as needs demand while still keeping it in one location and manageable. Incorporating custom accessories and working with other contractors these systems would exceed the needs of the equipment staff and maintain the exceptional design style.
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All mechanically assisted carriages have custom made Oregon logo handles that maintain an upright position as the handles turn. Vinyl overlays on all systems, except the custom Helmet cabinets. Custom wire bins for the Viking drawers throughout. All shelving elevations and design developed through close collaboration between Oregon Equipment Director Aaron Wasson, SRG’s Architect Walker Templeton, and Spacesaver Specialist's Jim McCord and Tom Gustafson.
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Installation:

Logistics:

The size and detail of this project resulted in almost 11 trucks from various distributors accross the nation. With all these materials and a tight space with a short timeline it was imperative that there be a staging and preparation area. To meet these needs we rented space in a local warehouse, from there we could bring materials as needed and already prepared for install. With daily deliveries in a 26’ box truck we maintained the necessary amount of material for each day’s work without overwhelming ourselves and others with the amount of material we received.

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Rail:

Approximately 721 feet of rails, with 403 feet on the post tension cable mezzanine. Due to the nature of this type of floor a cable layout before the actual concrete pour was critical. The Hoffman team did an excellent job getting us an accurate layout making it possible for us to easily seismic anchor the rail. After spending approximately 2 weeks doing rails it was ready for backfill and then flooring. Our rails were designed with a stainless steel U channel housing that would work with the poured terrazzo flooring, with it being stainless they could do their prep and sealing all the way up to our rails.


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Building of the Systems:

With the rails complete and the floors close our foundation was nearly ready. We began prep at the off-site warehouse. This entailed unpacking materials and separating them into the different systems and then organizing again in a manner that would facilitate box truck loads each day. As areas opened up with completed flooring we began the process of moving and staging materials on-site while beginning to set and build carriages simultaneously. Moving and building shelving is a labor intensive endeavor, there are many parts and tight areas. The total linear feet of the shelving equals 2 ½ miles. The 16’ tall system required the use of a scissor lift to do the upper sections and face panels. During this phase we had a crew of between 7-10 that worked 50 hour weeks to keep with our desired timeline. Overall the total man hours for this install was 3300 hours.

Lift Installation:

Two types of material lifts were incorporated into the design. The Tilt N Store system mounts to a double studded wall and powered by one 12VDC converter box. Install on this was straightforward once the wall was built to specs. The overhead Lift N Store systems had greater complexity. These feature suspended carriages with an axle that raises and lowers straps attached to the wheeled cages. All anchoring was engineered with a special method for use in hollow tube post tension floors. There are 12+ anchor points into the ceiling and 4 pairs of 3/8" threaded rod for each carriage, and they are staggered at different lengths depending on the ductwork and other ceiling obstructions. Three nylon straps similar to seatbelts are the primary weight bearing suspension devices, and two braided steel cables with a free-fall arrest that act as backup safety lines.
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Spacesaver Specialists Personnel:

Design and Planning: Jim McCord, Tom Miller, Tom Gustafson

Installation Crew: Matt Reader, Mitchell Brown, Aleph Fechter, Jason Moffett, Bill Koehler, Mark Herr, John Rasmussen, Jacob Garrison, Austin Cross, Allan Goodwin




From the design concepts to the final product, seeing this project develop and evolve was something very special for all of us involved. We are proud to have had an opportunity to be part of something so special. A warm thanks to Phil and Penny Knight, the University of Oregon Equipment staff, the team from Hoffman Construction, and SRG Architects.

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Case Study prepared by: Matt Reader October 2016