Oregon State University-Cascades has officially started construction on its Bend campus expansion.
The initial work involves simply 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 a new 50,000-square-foot academic building that will serve the STEAM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.
It was made possible thanks to a $5 million anonymous gift, $1 million from Charles McGrath, founder and president of Grace-Bio Labs, and other donors who contributed $9 million to match state funding.
The first phase of the project also includes plans to improve campus infrastructure, add an amphitheater and oval green, as well as city infrastructure investments including a new roundabout at SW Colorado Ave. and Columbia St, and a new pedestrian/bike path from the future campus entrance on SW Simpson Ave. to SW Century Dr.
University officials said construction could finish by summer 2021.
Image: Artists Rendering of Concept OSU-Cascades Expansion Project