Reser Stadium, Oregan State University
Corvallis, OR

Syska Hennessy Group was selected as part of the team to address the feasibility of expanding Reser Stadium, a NCAA Division 1 Stadium. The stadium, home of ‘Beaver Nation’ lacked the fan club environments found in newer stadiums and did not have enough seats to accommodate the demand of the student population and surrounding community. Our study explored the options of adding a new East side to the Stadium which would include a new student seating section, club seats, suites, modern concessions and restroom facilities, a stadium club and founders club.

Based on the results of our study our team was given the notice to proceed with the design of the expansion in 2002. Selected to offer integrated services for the project our team provided building system design along with architectural lighting design services for the project. Our scope of services included the addition of 4,000 seats, 3,600 club seats and 20 climate-controlled open-air suites. Each suite contains plush theater seating, comfort furnishings, and two television sets for replays and pre-game entertainment. Unique MEP design elements for the project included the design of the suites with operable windows tied to HVAC operations. In addition the MEP systems for each suite were designed within the front rail of each suite to allow for interchangeable electrical outlets.

In addition to general seating, the design of the new club lounge is considered one of the finest collegiate stadium private clubs in the country. A private elevator will take patrons to the club level, where a concierge will greet them and direct them to the lounge. In the spacious club lounge, patrons will have the opportunity to enjoy upscale dining and beverage services or traditional stadium cuisine. This expansive club lounge is designed with climate-control systems.

Lighting Design Components

Architectural lighting design services were provided for the field, main concourse, upper concourse, stadium club and founders lounges. The field lighting included in the reuse and addition of lighting components that were designed within both NCAA 1 and the City of Corvallis guidelines for Collegiate Football as well as with louvers that directed light onto the field. The lighting for the concessions and the main concourse space also took into account strict energy conservation codes that exceeded standards.

Lighting design services were also provided for both the Club Lounge and Founders Lounge. The Club Lounge was designed to be the largest multi-function space in the City of Corvallis to allow for use on both game and non-game days. Theatrical fixtures, as well as track fixtures and dimming control systems were provided for the lounge. A custom design light sculpture in the shape of a football is also planned for the space. The Founders Lounge designed for the President of the University and other high ranking people within the community was designed with a sports lodge motif with lighting fixtures that followed the OSU theme as well as custom bar fixtures and energy efficient dimming control systems.