The Werner Center has served the needs of the Western Oregon University students and community since 1960, but has suffered from a shortage of space, inefficient layouts, poor internal circulation and access, and a variety of infrastructure and functional deficiencies. In addition, the low and flat facility had very little exterior appeal and little positive COST PER SQ FT$100.00FEATURED IN2002 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation to other facilities on the WOU campus.
A master plan identified and rectified problems inherent in the center, while offering a three-phase program and concepts for expansion and renovation. New and renovated areas for dining, lounging, conferencing and an expanded bookstore were created. Each expansion phase added space and created a new image for the existing and new entries to the center. Major programs and building servicing were relocated to produce a simplified and workable circulation pattern. Concourses were re-established, and new exterior plazas were created at entries.