Illuminating Eugene’s great room — transparency dazzles from the curb to the seat.

The iconic lobby is known as one of the “great rooms” of Eugene, yet after more than 25 years of use, its lighting limitations were obvious. Energy consumption, light levels and maintenance costs were problematic and ad hoc lighting workarounds had become a tangle of gear that obscured the hand-hewn beauty of the space.

The city and a team of designers undertook the challenge to re-imagine the lobby’s lighting systems, and are pleased to share this substantial first step in a three-phase plan to bring forth the full extent of the room’s greatness. The original lighting system was removed, and existing circuits re-purposed to bring luminaires more readily in reach. Visual hierarchy and drama is now realized through highlights to the architectural columns and ceilings, and the playful carpet patterns come to life. Like the discovery of a master work obscured by years of grime, the canvas is cleaned, the materials and colors are visible, and the original work of architecture is revealed.

Project Highlights

• Improved lighting levels
• Scaffolding is no longer required to change lights


Rowell Brokaw Architects


Project Background

• 43 unique column conditions
• 2,448 seats


Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
• Interior Lighting Design Award of Merit

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