Hatfield Marine Science Center Marine Studies Initiative Building

Newport, OR

Oregon State University


YGH Architecture


Andersen Construction Company


LEED Silver (pending)

Services/Project Type
Structural Engineering

KPFF provided structural engineering design services for the Hatfield Marine Science Center Marine Studies Building, a 74,000sf research lab and teaching facility on Oregon State University's Newport, Oregon campus. The completed building is seismically separated into two parts: the northern building (lab wing) is a 3-story building that contains the teaching classrooms, faculty offices, and lab space with an occupiable rooftop. The connected southern building (commons wing) is a 2-story building that contains a 250-seat auditorium, the innovation lab, and a 3-story open atrium.

The rooftop of the lab building provides vertical evacuation refuge in the event of a tsunami event. The lab wing roof contains the evacuation area while the commons wing has an exterior sloping ramp starting at the southeast corner of the site running up over the building and eventually connecting to the lab wing roof. Both buildings use a deep soil mixing ground improvement system which mitigates the liquefaction hazard and supports the buildings' spread footings. Both buildings have a lateral system using concrete shear walls with steel and slab on metal deck gravity framing. Due to the rooftop evacuation space the building design criteria was above-code. Seismically, both buildings are designed to meet an Immediate Occupancy (IO) structural performance under the MCER (2,500yr event). Additionally, both buildings are designed to resist tsunami inundation loads per ASCE 7-16 with the lab building (containing the rooftop evacuation space) meeting IO for the ASCE 7 MCT (2,500yr) event and the deterministic DOGAMI XXL event.


Awards & Recognition

ACEC Oregon, Engineering Excellence Awards, Project of the Year, 2021

ACEC National, Grand Award, 2021