EUGENE. Ore. — Two architectural firms made their pitches to the public and city leaders as to why they think they’re the best firm to rebuild Eugene’s City Hall.
Each firm was given 30 minutes for its pitch and questions.
A panel of Eugene residents were also there to weigh in on the pitches.
The first team THA Architecture is based in Portland. It’s also partnering with Eugene firm 2fORM Architecture. That team described City Hall as the heart of Eugene.
2fORM Architecture plans outline an open concept that turned the building inside out. The vision included a touch of the past with nods toward the future.
Next up to make their pitch was the Rowell Brokaw Architects that’s partnering with Miller Hull from Seattle. It’s known for its work on Crescent Village. That firm says it may be a younger firm, but that it is a local firm. It envisions a building that’s welcoming, sustainable and serves the public.
We spoke with both companies and here’s why they say they are the best fit.
“We do have broader ideas about connecting to the city about transparency about what is the government’s role in the city and how to connect the city of Eugene’s public to the building itself,” said Richard Sugar with 2fORM Architecture.
“It’s really going to have a lot of value that the firm be in Eugene that we wake up reading the newspaper that we have our finger on the pulse and we know what’s going on and we can deal with the complexity of the building that we are going to be remodeling,” said John Rowell with Rowell Brokaw Architects.
Ultimately the final choice will be up to the city manager.