News

Clay Neal, Newly Licensed Architect

Congratulations to Clay Neal, PIVOT Architecture’s newest registered architect!

Clay began his journey at PIVOT in 2017 as the inaugural PIVOT fellow while studying at the University of Oregon. Shortly after his graduation the following year, Clay returned to PIVOT as a full-time designer. Since, Clay has contributed immensely to the team by tackling projects like transit design to K-12.

“Architects use their imagination, creativity, and problem-solving abilities to respond to some of the toughest issues our communities face,” Clay said. “I’m excited to join a profession focused on creating beautiful and affordable housing, smarter and more vibrant cities, and universally accessible places that we all love to be in.”

“Clay is incredibly thoughtful in his design because is so good at listening to the client and understanding their needs,” said fellow architect Alexis Sliwinski.

Clay is aiming to use his architectural and stellar client relation skills to find solutions for the “Missing Middle” housing crisis, which was the focus of his 2017 PIVOT Fellowship.

Clay joins the fifteen other registered architects at PIVOT Architecture.

Life

Supporting Holiday Farm Fire Survivors

 
PIVOT Architecture is proud to share this amazing short documentary created by Lane County high school students. The piece tells the incredible story behind the Future Build project where students, volunteers, and agencies came together to bring hope to the survivors of the Holiday Farm Fire in the McKenzie River Valley. PIVOT continues to support this project and others like it to connect our youth with community, opportunity, and a chance to make a positive impact.

Wow

PIVOT Architecture is Now 20% Ks

Eugene, OR—PIVOT Architecture is happy to welcome two new people to our team. With the hires of KC Eck and Kyle O’Hearn, K-named people now make up about 20% of the PIVOT population with A-names a distant second at 13%.

Architect KC Eck
KC joins the PIVOT team after working in the Eugene area for the past two years. KC earned his bachelor degree in architecture from the University of Texas at San Antonio and his Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon in 2018. KC is passionate about net zero/net positive architecture intertwining his knowledge into his work. He is a registered architect in Oregon with three years of experience. Living in Eugene has resulted in KC becoming an outdoor enthusiast and a major Oregon Duck fan.

Designer Kyle O’Hearn
Kyle joins PIVOT after working as a project engineer in construction. Beginning at age sixteen in construction, Kyle has learned to incorporate his passion for sustainability into his architectural career. He has a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Oregon. Kyle enjoys traveling to new places and spending time outdoors during his down time.

PIVOT has a history of making K-named hires. The firm has matched its record level of six K-named employees. KC and Kyle join Karen, Kari, Kelley, and Katie to cement control over the ceremonial moniker.

News

Groundbreaking DDS Facility

PIVOT was excited to participate, golden shovel in hand, in the groundbreaking for Lane County’s new 26,000-SF Developmental Disabilities Services Facility.

The new building will be a welcoming and easy to navigate facility which will serve some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

Karen Gaffney, director of Lane County Health & Human Services Department, said, “The County is making a statement with this building.” She is proud to be part of building which will, “provide services for 3,000 of the most vulnerable people in the community. It shows that our people are worthy. Investing in community and staff is an important message,” she said.

Carla Tazumal, program manager for Lane County Developmental Disabilities department, commended PIVOT’s creativity and ability to design the facility during pandemic. “They figured out how to see materials in open air,” she said.

As Lane County Commissioner Joe Berney noted at the ceremony, this is one of the first facilities designed and built under the County’s community dignity protocol which promotes equity in the County’s design and construction practices.

Learn more about the DDS building which is slated to open in 2022.