Hayward Field at the University of Oregon has hosted numerous USA Olympic Track and Field Trials and NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships since its original construction in 1919 and has had more “World’s Greatest Athlete” titles given to decathlon world record breakers than at any other venue.
The renovations from 2018-2020 included the addition of a 10-story tower at the northeast corner of the stadium. This landmark pays tribute to the university’s legacy with a custom perforated metal façade depicting five Oregon track and field icons: coach Bill Bowerman, and athletes, Steve Prefontaine, Raevyn Rogers, Ashton Eaton and Otis Davis.
Zahner engineered and fabricated the custom perforated metal skin of Hayward Tower, as well as helped with the installation.
Zahner® engineered and fabricated 15,815 visible square feet of custom perforated aluminum panels in collaboration with SRG (Architects), Hoffman Construction (GC), AHM (Graphic designers) to clad the tower. The form is inspired by the Olympic torch and flares up and outward. Zahner also supported Bassett Architectural LP with the installation of the perforated panels and associated hardware for attachment to the steel skeleton, which was supplied by others.
Zahner’s ImageWall® team was contracted early on, right after Hoffman was signed as the GC and Bassett as the installer on the scope. ImageWall® engineers collaborated with all external stakeholders, including Nike, to finalize the perforation pattern and tower’s exoskeleton. This helped set the clients’ expectations early on, as well as anticipate any installation issues based on past experiences.
The 10-story Hayward Tower features an observation deck and multiple viewing areas.
Although the system was simple, due to the complex form of the tower itself, Zahner had predicted a potential hurdle early on that the team might face during engineering, fabrication and install phases. These predictions prepared the team and helped mitigate issues accordingly when they surfaced.
Basset and Zahner together stood ground during the installation phase to resolve complex issues such as misalignment or panel system attachment. Zahner provided its survey expertise to identify and propose changes in real time. Throughout the installation phase, Zahner, Hoffman, and Bassett rigorously worked as a team to execute on the skin installation, especially the complex crown portion of the tower.
Zahner ImageWall uses cross-seam perforation technology to create a seamless image across panels.