Slocum Center

An 80,000 square-foot medical office building for Orthopedic Healthcare Northwest, P.C. The facility will serve as a landmark structure in honor of world renowned physician, Dr. Donald B. Slocum. The chosen name for this new-wave architecture is Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. The 4-story building will be used for medical research and to host education programs designed for patients as well as the community.

This innovative concept was designed by Neenan Archistruction®, who turned to Stearns to assist the team with structural steel design, connection configuration, framing optimization, and vibration criteria. Stearns’ early involvement and steel collaboration allowed them to commence detailing early in the design while progressing with component selection, procurement, and fabrication. Stearns' integrated services and industry relationships resulted in the project breaking ground earlier than anticipated while maintaining an aggressive steel construction schedule.

Acknowledging Stearns involvement with the project team, Eric Monsonis, Neenan Archistruction® affirms, “Stearns provided first-rate professional pre-construction services during the design phases of the project and were an integral part of the team in optimizing the structural system. I would use Stearns again for future projects.”

A unique, challenging aspect, designed by Neenan, is the architectural ‘wave’ seen from the roof of the building and backlit for night viewing. This innovative idea was sparked from the wave design within the Slocum logo. The wave spans 110 feet in length and penetrates through the 4th floor for bracing. It is made from carefully fabricated steel plates and supporting beams to form curves that resemble a wave. Stearns assisted the design team in the selection of the roof wave supports, appropriate steel materials, and sizing and limitation resolutions. The wave is coated with a zinc primer to protect the exposed decorative steel from harsh weather elements. This theme is also apparent inside the building, which features an aesthetic, 3-story atrium with a curved floor plan to replicate the wave.

The entire construction team worked in close collaboration to successfully complete the structure on time and within budget.

Project Details

Client: McKay Investment Co., LLC

Location: Eugene, Oregon

Contractor: Neenan Archistruction®

Architect: The Neenan Company

Engineer-of-Record: Hohbach-Lewin, Inc.

Size: 80,000 square feet

Number of Levels: 4

System Type: Structural Steel

Completion Date: 2007



The project received LEED Gold Certification for incorporating sustainable materials, reducing energy use, and for achieving healthy environmental standards.

AIA Peoples Choice Award in 2009

Sustainability Award in 2007 by Mayor Kitty Piercy Ratings