Linn-Benton Community College, Chinook Hall

Corvallis, Oregon

How do we transform a concrete warehouse into an interactive learning environment bathed in natural light?

FFA recently completed design and construction administration services for the adaptive re-use of an existing bus maintenance facility on Linn-Benton Community College’s (LBCC) Corvallis campus into a 21st century collaborative learning building. The converted building includes two science labs and six general purpose classrooms capable of holding over 200 total students, as well as providing the local community with a meeting space capable of hosting large public gatherings.

Leveraging a highly collaborative design process with LBCC’s stakeholders, FFA created a design that completely transformed the windowless concrete structure into a building that enhances learning and reflects LBCC’s institutional values.

Knowing the significant overhaul needed, the design team analyzed the existing building, shoring and upgrading the structure and exterior envelope.  Large portions of the building were demolished to form a more useful academic environment.


Year Completed:
21,000 sf
Project Contact:
Edward Running, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Partner, Market Lead

Science lab

Conference room, classroom and informal collaboration spaces

Study lounge

Study lounge and adjacent break-out rooms

The existing envelope has been strategically penetrated through the use of curtainwalls, skylights, and windows to maximize daylighting opportunities for building users.  A second floor was added that nearly doubled the programmable space and creates a vibrant community core for the building.  The core is thoughtfully programmed with a wide range of seating and furniture options and spaces that help stimulate interactions among faculty, students and staff.

First Floor

Second Floor

Learning Spaces

Collaboration Spaces