The UO Portland Library and Learning Commons has a broad collection of architecture, art, and design books and students have full access to books in the UO libraries in Eugene and thirty-five other research libraries. The program subscribes to leading design journals in print and online, and hundreds of research databases. Library staff members assist with research methods, computer problems, and local resources.
Library staff manage an Output Room that performs large-scale color printing and scanning, binding, and vinyl-cutting services. Students can loan equipment including video and digital cameras, tripods, and hand-held audio recording equipment. Staff can advise on digital-image handling and multimedia questions.
The school provides high-speed wireless access to the UO network throughout the facility. A single DuckID allows access to a wide range of online services including email, registration, courses, grades, and accounts payable.
Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory (ESBL)
The Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory (ESBL) assesses methods for green building performance with an array of specialized equipment. For optimizing the use of natural light, the lab features an artificial sky that simulates diffuse cloud cover and a heliodon to track direct sunlight movement in physical models as well as portable digital sensors. The Lab staff develops custom software solutions to use along with commercial simulation tools. The group is building an insulated chamber with controlled temperature and humidity to study human perception of thermal comfort. Lab personnel advise architects, students, and faculty on using this equipment to optimize architectural designs.
Fab Lab Portland
In the College of Design Portland Fab Lab and woodshop, shop personnel guide students in woodworking, model-building, and safety procedures. Students can create experimental prototypes and combine high-tech digital modeling in the Fabrication Lab with traditional craft processes. Work produced with laser cutters, a 3-D printer, and a computer numeric controlled mill (CNC) and router can be finished with a variety of hand and power woodworking tools.
White Stag Innovation Lab
The White Stag Innovation Lab is a sports product design space for teaching, prototyping, and materials research. The lab includes specialty sports product production equipment, including single stitch, cover stitch, active seam flat stitch, post stitch, and serger sewing machines, a strobel, a 3-D printer and a heat press.