This week construction began on the 113,000-square foot residence hall and student dining complex.
The residence hall will feature two wings and sit adjacent to Century Drive. The building will have four floors and is to be constructed of steel and wood. It will provide housing for approximately 300 students. Rooms will be configured as single-, double-, triple-, and quadruple-occupancy suites.
The ground floor will include a convenience store, fitness room and indoor bike storage on the first floor. Upper levels will feature laundry facilities, shared kitchens and study spaces for the residential students.
The dining building is sited at the heart of the 10-acre site. It will also be constructed of steel and wood. Its design features a fireplace, coffee shop and informal seating. It will serve about 250 diners in a single seating, with additional outdoor seating areas. In addition to dining and food service functions, the facility includes eight 20-student classrooms, a multi-faith room and offices. The dining area will cater to faculty and community members, in addition to students.
Walsh Construction serves as the general contractor for the residence hall and student dining complex. Based in Portland, Walsh has built a variety of projects in Central Oregon including Tetherow Resort and a large residential project currently under construction near downtown Bend.
Walsh will begin by installing gravel on the site that will serve as a base for construction of the complex's two buildings and stabilize the work areas through the winter.
Work also continues on the academic building. Installation of steel columns and beams begins next week. Work will also continue along Chandler Avenue to complete the sidewalk.
People passing the site near the Chandler and Century Drive roundabout may notice a small group of trees turning brown. OSU-Cascades’ arborist determined that the trees are infected with Mountain Pine Beetle. This bark beetle is responsible for the destruction of millions of acres of ponderosa and lodgepole pine trees in the western United States. OSU-Cascades will remove the infected trees and continue to monitor for signs of infection in other trees.