942 Olive Street

Eugene, OR
97401
The University of Oregon innovation hub
About:
  • 12,960 square feet of flexible space for meeting, creating, collaborating and networking.
  • Opened in May 2016.
  • Owned and operated by the University of Oregon.
  • Serves as an innovation center with an emphasis on environmental sustainability, the building is home to:
    • The Tyler Invention Greenhouse — which seeks to catalyze the exchange and growth of green product ideas stemming from basic research discoveries and build upon UO successes in green chemistry and green nanoscience
    • RAIN Eugene — the Eugene branch of the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN), a collaborative program to help create companies and jobs in the southern Willamette Valley program offering intense training and mentoring to early growth-stage companies in and around Eugene.
    • The Product Design Launch Lab — a set of design studios and design services connecting UO’s expertise and students in product design with entrepreneurs inside and outside of the university.
Features:        
  • Polymer lab
    • 3-D printer
    • Laser cutter
  • Design studio
  • “War Room”
  • Board room
  • Outfitted with high-speed Internet access thanks to the downtown fiber project backed by the city of Eugene and the Eugene Water & Electric Board. 
Interesting Facts:
  • Previously owned by the city of Eugene, the building was originally constructed in 1908.
  • The building housed several car dealerships, including the Walter Hoey De Soto/Plymouth dealership and the Scherer Buick dealership
  • Most recently, the building housed the Bradford’s Home Entertainment store.
  • The space features two “phone booths” for making cell phone calls and Skype calls in privacy.
Location/History:
  • The city of Eugene, through its Urban Renewal Agency, sold the building to the UO for $1.
  • Located just north of Lane Community College’s downtown campus and the Eugene Public Library, the space is located at 942 Olive St in downtown Eugene.
Financial:
  • $1.25 million was allocated by the state Legislature for a RAIN building in Eugene,
  • The Tyler Invention Greenhouse was founded with a $500,000 gift from the Alice C. Tyler Perpetual Trust, a supporter of UO environmental science projects.
  • The UO contributed an additional $1.25 million
Donors:          
  • The project is supported by the Alice C. Tyler Perpetual Trust, which has backed environmental science projects at the UO for more than a decade.
Architect/Construction:
  • Merryman Barnes Architects, Inc. / Fortis Construction, Inc.
  • Renovation completed April 2016

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