The University of Oregon innovation hub
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- $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
- Merryman Barnes Architects, Inc. / Fortis Construction, Inc.
- Renovation completed April 2016