John E. Jaqua Center for Student Athletes

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John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes
General information
Location 1615 E. 13th Avenue,
Eugene, Oregon
Coordinates 44°2′44.89″N 123°4′9.24″W / 44.0458028°N 123.0692333°W / 44.0458028; -123.0692333Coordinates: 44°2′44.89″N 123°4′9.24″W / 44.0458028°N 123.0692333°W / 44.0458028; -123.0692333
Completed 2010
Owner University of Oregon
Design and construction
Architect ZGF Architects

The John E. Jaqua Center for Student Athletes is a learning center for University of Oregon NCAA student-athletes.


The facility is located on the University of Oregon campus, and is within walking distance of Matthew Knight Arena. It is named for the late UO alumnus and founding board member of Nike. The center contains over 40,000 square feet of space, including a 114-seat auditorium, 54 computer stations, 35 tutor rooms, 25 faculty offices, computer laboratory, graphics laboratory, 3D teaching laboratories, a library, and a café.


The designers, ZGF Architects, received the 2011 AIA Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture. The American Institute of Architects said, "Enlightenment in all its forms is present in this glorious project..."[1]


The center was built during a time when new classroom and study space was in high demand. However, aside from a small cafe, lecture hall and restroom facilities on the main floor, the center is for student-athletes only. The center is jokingly referred as the jock ( in the) box, because it primarily serves the student-athlete population.[2]

Furthermore, despite claims of operational self-sufficiency made by the University of Oregon Athletic Department, UO's academic side has been covering the facility's tutoring costs.[3]


  1. ^ "2011 AIA Institute Honor Awards Recipient". 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Graves, Bill. "University of Oregon students enter area reserved for athletes in Jaqua Academic Center". The Oregonian. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Bachman, Rachel. "Oregon athletic department uses state money for academic needs despite claims of self-sufficiency". The Oregonian. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 

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