Allen Hall 3.0: School of Journalism and Communication enters a new age


At the School of Journalism and Communication, the future is built on the past.

While immersed in an online media environment, journalism majors are challenged to learn and incorporate the core values of media professionals.

Now they have a building that does the same thing. Allen Hall 3.0.

Journalism majors returning to classes at the beginning of winter term found a newly transformed Allen Hall that unites 1922 and 1954 wings into one cohesive facility that engages the future of media industries and also honors the school’s history.

From the write-on / wipe-off wall in the “Hearth” to the magnetic walls in the student collaboration areas to the computers and projection screens of Digital Commons, students can now keep pace with the changes happening in media industries, where creative transparency and collaboration are now essential for creating rich and engaging work.

The story behind this transformation was written in part by the success of the school itself. In 1954, when the last major addition was completed, the building served 300 majors. Today, it serves more than 2,000 students. And each step toward Allen Hall 3.0 — from the planning to the design to the funding to the finished product — has included the same collaborative effort.

Private gifts, including a $5 million anonymous lead gift and more than 80 contributions ranging from $10 to $300,000, covered half the costs of the $15 million renovation. State general obligation bonds authorized by the 2009 Oregon Legislature funded the rest.

The building’s sustainable design is equivalent to LEED silver, and despite a 40 percent increase in space, the building’s energy use is net neutral and 26 percent more efficient than required by Oregon’s energy code.

In addition to the Digital Commons and other collaborative workspaces, Allen Hall 3.0 incorporates technology that enable faculty and student to stay connected and engaged.

·  Secure 24/7 access by journalism students;

·  Wi-Fi access throughout Allen Hall 3.0 ensures that students can seamlessly access and share their work.

·  Digital Directory, touch screen access to faculty and staff information

·  Digital Bridge, the five-screen, 24-hour media feed is visible from inside and outside the building.

·  Dixon Signature Classroom, 75-person classroom/guest lecture hall/event platform equipped with distance learning technology.

·  Projection screens, the Digital Commons as well as the Willis Winter Presentation Room and Hall of Achievement Presentation Room are equipped with state of the art projection systems.

·  Marker Paint, the glossy walls in the Hearth and Ann Curry Student Collaboration Area can be written on with whiteboard markers.

·  Marker Glass, the colored glass (green or blue) can be written on with whiteboard markers and has a steel backer allowing the use of magnets for pin-up (or magnet-up) of student work.