On October 12, the Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center celebrated its grand opening at the University of Oregon. The new center, designed by Architecture Building and Culture with landscape by Hoerr Schaudt, spans 3,200 square feet and utilizes a flexible space program to fit the center’s programming needs.
The new center is a product of student initiative and grassroots community effort, and has been named in honor of Lylle Reynolds-Parker —a tremendous leader within the community. Reynolds-Parker is a civil rights activist and lifelong resident of Eugene, as well as a UO alum with a 17-year career as a campus advisor at the university.
The new center was paid for by private donations following a generous lead donation by Nancy and Dave Petrone, and has been highly anticipated by the school community. The University of Oregon Campus News quotes Vice President for Student Life R. Kevin Marbury:
“The Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center will open to all students. This is a place to come together and celebrate black culture. We are so proud that the voices of our students have created a lasting legacy and will have a major impact on this university and our community for decades.”
We are proud to have teamed with the following firms for this project: Architecture Building and Culture as architect, KPFF Portland as structural engineer, PAE as MEP engineer, BHE as civil engineer, Brightworks for sustainability, Czopek Design Studio for interior design, and Bruce Mau Design for wayfinding & building identity.