OregonBILDS (Building Integrated Livable Designs Sustainably) is a design-build studio program at the University of Oregon that was developed through generous grants from the UO Meyer Fund for a Sustainable Environment and Lease Crutcher Lewis. This academically based program is open for enrollment by students from both the University of Oregon (U of O) and Lane Community College (LCC). It is a dynamic collaboration of classroom instruction and practical, real-world application of design, construction, and community involvement. Participating students collaboratively design and build one residence per year. Each project explores the nature of sustainable architecture in relation to affordable residential design. Students engage the fundamentals of residential design and construction as they conscientiously develop an appropriate design solution for a typical residential site.
OregonBILDS connects design and construction students to each other and to building professionals, material vendors, city officials, utility companies and community service agencies. (See our Contributors page for a list of our working partnerships.) OregonBILDS projects are laboratories for student learning; they provide exploratory opportunities to understand the application of energy efficient design, the integration of building technology, and the relationship between interior spaces and the landscape.
The U of O draws on a rich tradition of design-build education, and LCC has a strong background in training construction professionals. Bringing these two assets together, OregonBILDS works in the Eugene community to deliver exceptional residential products.