What is the latest in the development of the new OSU-Cascades campus in Bend?

OSU-Cascades' new campus opened fall of 2016:

  • The location is close to Central Oregon Community College, business corridors, and within easy access of hiking and biking trails, athletic and medical facilities and shopping areas.
  • Construction of Tykeson Hall, the 43,650 square-foot academic building was completed in fall 2016. 
  • Construction of the 113,000 square-foot residence hall and dining/academic complex is underway and will open winter 2017. The residence hall will house approximately 300 students.
  • Innovations include:
    • Net zero ready buildings, where buildings can ultimately produce as much energy as they use.
    • Sustainable transportation programs, where students and faculty walk, bike and take public transportation to campus, and lessen their dependency on single-occupancy vehicles. The campus is currently utilizing resources such as ZipCar, a bike share program and multiple incentive programs.

What degrees are offered at the new campus?

The campus offers 16 undergraduate majors, 30 options and minors, and three graduate programs. Many degrees – computer science, energy systems engineering, exercise and sport science, hospitality management, and tourism and outdoor leadership - were created out of a regional need for skilled employees.

As OSU-Cascades plans for future degrees, it will incorporate information such as student demand for a degree, local employer need for graduates, national trends and similar degrees at other universities into its planning.

What sports are offered at the new campus?

Athletics can be a big part of university life and can create campus and community spirit. OSU-Cascades has a good start with its club sports. The alpine and Nordic ski club teams, and road and mountain biking club teams formed in 2012. The ski teams competed at the US Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association national championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

There may not be a football team in the future though, but because the region attracts so many athletes, we see an active and athletic student community in our future.

Where do students live?

When construction of OSU-Cascades’ 10-acre campus is complete, it will serve up to 1,890 students, with more than 300 of those students living on campus in a 113,000 square-foot residence and dining/academic complex to be completed in winter 2017.

Longer term, a community task force recommended a goal for OSU-Cascades to provide housing for at least 40 percent of students as it expands beyond the 10-acres. Studies show that students who live on campus are more likely to succeed academically, and OSU-Cascades is exploring options to meet that community task force goal. So in addition to housing, campus planners are including retail, fitness and gathering spaces that will provide students’ on-campus places’ to enjoy.

Is there sufficient transportation services and/or parking at the new, 10-acre campus?

Yes. OSU-Cascades’ plan for parking and transportation for the new campus meets the demands of an increasingly sustainable-minded society:

  • Benchmarking of similar-sized universities and cities, as well as input from transportation and traffic engineering experts provided valuable data and insight to develop realistic expectations for the kinds of transportation choices OSU-Cascades students and faculty will make year-round.
  • Incentives and deterrents that will lessen dependency on single-occupancy vehicles. These include tiered parking passes and sustainable transportation programs, where students and faculty walk, bike and take public transportation, carpool, use flex vehicles or bike share programs as they travel to the new campus and other locations.
  • Public transportation improvements OSU-Cascades contributed $100,000 in June 2015 toward the expansion of Cascades East Transit, joining partners that included the City of Bend, St. Charles Health System and Central Oregon Community College. Among the services made possible because of the partner investments were a new route to accommodate students, faculty and community members, that runs between COCC and the new OSU-Cascades campus.
  • Ongoing monitoring will be essential. The university continues to monitor parking and transportation issues closely and adjust accordingly; a commitment made to the Bend City Council.
  • Download Parking Management Plan (PDF) and Transportation Impact Analysis (PDF)

What are the plans to expand beyond the 10-acre campus?

The 10-acre campus will accommodate 1,890 students. Ultimately, OSU-Cascades plans to serve 3,000 to 5,000 students in Central Oregon. To be able to do that, campus officials are considering a variety of options for expansion:

  • A 46-acre undeveloped property, a former pumice mine, sits adjacent to the 10-acre campus. In January 2016, OSU-Cascades announced the purchase of 46 acres of property in Bend that adjoins the university’s new campus. The purchase follows the completion of a due diligence period that included title, environmental, geotechnical and engineering reviews. Additional evaluations included a space analysis, land use review and initial design conceptualizations.
  • A former demolition landfill also sits adjacent to the 10-acre campus. In August 2015, OSU-Cascades entered into a non-binding agreement with Deschutes County that provides a framework for exploring the viability of reclaiming a former demolition landfill, and repurposing it for university and community use.  This study is currently underway, and announcements regarding the pursuit of acquisition should be announced in winter 2016-17.
  • Buildings in close proximity to the campus. The 10-acre campus is located in a business and commercial area where office buildings may be able to be converted for academic use.

What is the timeline for the campus?

The new 10-acre campus opened for classes in fall 2016. The residence hall and dining center complex opens winter 2017. 

The first step towards expansion beyond the 10-acres is a series of current community engagement exercises to create a long range development plan (set to conclude in winter/early spring 2017). This process, which includes the development of a master plan and/or overlay for submital to the city of Bend and a phasing strategy, will help determine timing for a campus that will serve 3,000 to 5,000 students by 2025.

How are community members involved in the development of the 10-acre campus and any proposed expansion?

OSU-Cascades’ Campus Expansion Advisory Committee oversaw an extensive 17-month public outreach process that involved 108 community members, neighborhood association representatives, architects, planners, healthcare professionals, non-profit leaders, business leaders, local and state government representatives, and educators:

  • Its effort concluded in December 2014 with a slate of 115 recommendations that address healthcare, housing, neighborhood livability, regional collaboration, sustainability and transportation.
  • 92 of the recommendations are now incorporated into planning and policy.  The balance of recommendations is under consideration or will be revisited during a next phase of development.

In preparation for the campus design team in spring 2016, OSU-Cascades initiated the Long Range Development Planning (LRDP) process with community members. The process began by reconvening with advisory group members from the November 2015 – January 2016 engagement process. During task force meetings in early 2016, the advisory groups participated with the design team to contribute feedback and ideas regarding their specific areas of interest (Arts, Culture & Enrichment; Community Integration; Health & Wellness; and Sustainability).

This process transitioned into the exploration of different design concepts, where community members weighed in on design concepts. Finally, in the plan development stage, specific details regarding topics such as transportation and parking strategies and design and building system standards will be developed. By spring of 2017, a campus master plan and/or overlay and a new university/neighborhood partnership will emerge as outcomes of the LRDP process.

During this process, outreach and design staff can provide presentations throughout Central Oregon. Any civic organizations looking to have a presentation around the campus design process may contact Nathan Moses.