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Hoffman Leads a Global Team to Build the Finest “Theater” for Track and Field in the World

Hayward Field

A “reimagined” Hayward Field provides an unparalleled stage for athletes as well as the ultimate fan experience – a theater for track with comfortable seats, in-stadium amenities, amazing sight lines, and intimacy to the competitors.

Hayward Field holds a special place in the history and tradition of Nike, as well as the University and the entire state of Oregon. Set to host the 2020 US Olympic Trials and the 2021 Track and Field World Championships, the storied venue has been expanded and transformed by Hoffman to be the finest “theater” for track and field in the world.

The soaring wood structure showcases sustainable Oregon forest products with an open and airy roof built from curved glulam trusses, a steel diagrid, and a flexible ETFE membrane. A 12-story landmark tower features a lobby of interpretive exhibits, an observation deck, and a training staircase to the top.

Challenge

How is Hoffman leading a global design-build team to realize the complex structure, with trade partners and specialists in Europe, Asia, and North America?

Solution

Hoffman’s in-house BIM specialists were engaged at every phase of the project to coordinate the complex design; for example, the steel diagrid features 83 unique sections, with no two alike. Hoffman has met an extremely ambitious schedule to ensure the facility is ready to host the Olympic trials in spring 2020.

Contract Type

Design-Build

Client

University of Oregon

Architect

SRG Partnership

Location

Eugene, OR

Year

2020

When complete, Hayward Field will be nothing less than the finest track and field facility in the world, emblematic of the risk takers and innovators who have made Oregon great. Michael H. Schill University of Oregon President

A Soaring Wood Structure to Celebrate Oregon History

The new Hayward Field will showcase Oregon history, culture, and forest products in its massive glulam canopy. As Bill Bowerman said before the 1974 Hayward Renovation, “Oregon is wood and wood is Oregon.”

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Hoffman Builds: Mass Timber

Building off decades of self‑perform structural experience and a commitment to our regional wood industry, Hoffman is a strong partner in delivering large‑scale mass timber projects.

The Tower

The multi-story landmark tower will align with the east stands. The tower will feature a lobby filled with interpretive exhibits, an observation deck, viewing areas, stairway, elevator, and a staircase to the top. Its perforated metal skin and steel form flare upward and outward to resemble a torch, a shape inspired by the Olympic torch. The tower becomes a campus landmark, with a lasting visual elegance.

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