The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on Friday approved just under $40 million in funding for a new 50,000-square-foot building on the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend.
The teaching and research building is already in the design phase, but the funding approval officially takes it to the construction phase.
An additional $10 million has been donated, covering the total cost of the $50 million building.
“We’re not building for building’s sake,” OSU President Ed Ray said. “The university is committed to advance student success, improve retention and graduation rates, and sustain a pace of more than $400 million annually in grant-funded research. We must renovate and improve aging classrooms and research facilities – and build new classrooms and research labs – to achieve the university’s commitments to student learning, research innovation and problem solving.”
The OSU Board approved spending nearly $277 million on seven remodeling, renovation and new construction projects on the university’s Corvallis and Bend campuses.
Academic Building 2, as it’s now known, will be across the campus roadway from Tykeson Hall and serve the STEAM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.
It’ll include four levels of learning space featuring labs and engineering teaching spaces, maker spaces for art, computer science, engineering and outdoor product programs, collaborative spaces for faculty and students and office space.
Inside, students and staff can expect nine classrooms, three flex labs, and a Capstone teaching space.
As well as plenty of hands-on equipment to be used during and outside of class time.
It will also host one a new doctorate of physical therapy program.
The new building is part of a larger expansion project that broke ground earlier this summer.
Crews have started preparing the land at the former pumice mine and landfill adjacent to the current campus on Bend’s west side. Once it’s ready for development, work will begin on the new academic building.