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Eugene Family YMCA Groundbreaking

The Eugene Family YMCA held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new 75,000-SF flagship facility which PIVOT Architecture is designing.

“This is special and unique for each of us,” said CEO Brian Stephan. “It shows we can dream big and create projects that seem might insurmountable. It will inspire our community for generations to come.”

“It takes a village of people to rise a Y,” joked Joe Carmichael, YMCA board president, alluding to the iconic “YMCA” song by the Village People.

In the new facility, the Y will be able to double the number of people it serves in its current building, built in 1955. It is designed to give the Y the ability to adapt spaces to fit its offerings which will increase the impact of its youth, health, and wellness programs for decades.

The new building will boast:
• Health & wellness areas including an indoor track and spin room
• A robust aquatics center with a lap pool, exercise pool, and splash pad for younger kids
• Activity centers for academic tutoring, maker spaces, and learning labs
• A teaching kitchen for nutritional and food preparation instruction
• Accessible, flexible floor plans that can change as needed
• The highest level of seismic standards so the building can serve as a community shelter after a disaster

The Eugene Family YMCA is the largest childcare provider in Eugene with afterschool care at 20 elementary schools with three more schools served at the Y facility.

Sabrina Parsons, chair of the Y’s capital campaign, said the new facility will help draw new residents looking at this area’s quality of life and improve Eugene’s “Y effect” as a center of the community.

The Y’s heath and wellness programs are some its most popular. Along with fitness, spin, and yoga classes, the Y has programs designed for cancer survivors, for those who suffer from chronic health conditions, a diabetes prevention program, and programs for seniors.

The facility is being built by Chambers Construction and is slated to open in December of 2023.

The PIVOT Y team strikes the “YMCA” pose on construction equipment.

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2022 PIVOT Fellowship: The City Squiggle

For the 2022 Fellowship, we tried something different. Rather than bringing in an architecture or interior architecture student, 2022 PIVOT Fellow Matilda Jereza was entering her last year studying product design.

Matilda’s project was born out of a desire to explore whether amenities like the transit shelters PIVOT designs could be employed to improve the pedestrian experience outside of transit systems.

“Altogether it was an extremely enriching experience to see a project through of my own design, with the support and input of my peers,” she said.

Matilda took a tried-and-true systematic approach in tackling her project by identifying a need, exploring the opportunities and challenges, as well as researching the target market, competitors, and constraints to develop her project objectives.

The result is what she calls The City Squiggle, an easy-to-install, solar-powered shelter of precast concrete arches that can be placed together in any quantity to form a “squiggle.” The resulting memorable and whimsical shelter provides protection from rain, sun, and enables users to charge devices.

Read more about The City Squiggle.

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PIVOT Adds New Designers

PIVOT is happy to bring several new designers into our teams designing transit facilities, municipal projects, commercial renovations, K-12 schools, and other projects.

Designer Hans Minder
A native of Switzerland, Hans joins PIVOT with 30 years of international architectural experience. He has worked with a number of different firms in Europe and the US including 15 years leading his own architecture studio in Prague. For nearly a decade, he has been teaching graduate and undergraduate architecture studios at the University of Oregon focusing on sustainability and ecological building materials. He has a degree in Architecture and Design from Bern University in Switzerland. A father of four teenagers, Hans spends his free time with his family.


Interior Designer Megan Edelblute
Megan has four years of experience as an interior designer working for a variety of employers including a design-build firm and a nationally televised home renovation company. She has a Bachelor of Interior Architecture and an Art History minor from the University of Oregon. In her spare time, Megan volunteers as a youth leader at University Fellowship Church, creates mixed-media art, and enjoys spending time with friends. She is a native of Salem, OR.


Designer Alexandria Clark
Originally from Salem, OR, Alex graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Architecture and minor in Interior Architecture. Her terminal project, a flood-conscious Vancouver Symphony Hall, was featured in the architecture magazine Dezeen. She has experience with land-use consulting as well as operating a landscaping and gardening business. Alex aspires to design for underrepresented and underserved communities having helped build homeless shelters in Eugene and Portland, as well as work on healthcare buildings in rural Tanzania. When not at work, Alex enjoys painting and rock climbing.


Designer Brandon Volpicelli
Brandon, a California native, is a recent graduate from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Architecture and minor in Interior Architecture. He is inspired by collaborative environments and passionate about building strong communities through architecture. Brandon is an Eagle Scout, a big time Ducks football fan, and avid baker.

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World Athletic Championships – Oregon22

A number of our team members are using their annual community service hours PIVOT provides to volunteer for the World Athletic Championships – Oregon22. Our team is contributing in the fan experience, ushering, escorting athletes, media services, and other efforts. It has been incredible and humbling to see the outpouring of enthusiasm from people all over the world coming to our a little corner of the community for a once in a lifetime event. The world is truly here. We have seen athletes, media members, and fans from countries like Chinese Taipei, Botswana, Seychelles, Estonia, and many more. It’s been an amazing experience with much more to come!