Growing to serve 3,000 to 5,000 students

To serve the Central Oregon’s educational, economic and cultural goals, OSU-Cascades’ campus needs to grow. The campus will expand onto the adjacent, university-owned, 46-acre former pumice mine property. The Deschutes County owned landfill abuts the campus property, and may also offer opportunity for expansion.

Together with the 10-acre campus the properties comprise what may have been the largest undeveloped property within the City of Bend. By developing these properties, the university is supporting Oregon’s land use goals of increasing density rather than sprawl.

Separately and together, these properties provide a rare opportunity to reclaim land considered unusable, develop sustainably and with minimum impact on neighbors, and create what will be a community and regional asset for years to come. Learn more.

Former Pumice Mine Property

The university will expand onto the pumice mine property adjacent to the existing campus. There are several former pumice mines around Bend, some of which are now developed properties.

  • The property provides for innovative design opportunities. In its current undeveloped state, its mining history is evident, with up to 110 feet of exposed rock and pumice material. The site also includes an area wooded with ponderosa pines, as well as a rocky outcrop protected by the City of Bend as an Area of Special Interest
  • Beginning in 2013 concepts for possible campus designs on the property were shared at public meetings
  • The property was purchased  in January 2016, following a 24-month due diligence period that included title, environmental, geotechnical and engineering reviews. Additional evaluations included a space analysis, land use review and the initial design conceptualizations
  • Engineering experts examined the property throughout the two-year due diligence period and discussed findings at a public meeting in 2015

Deschutes County Demolition Landfill

Adjacent to the existing campus and university-owned pumice mine property, the 72-acre landfill closed for operation in 1994. Find FAQs about the landfill here.

  • Now inactive, it served the timber industry at one time and was previously a pumice surface mine
  • A Letter of Intent with the County provided a framework for exploring the viability of reclaiming and potentially acquiring the property
  • Over an 18-month period, OSU-Cascades collaborated with OSU’s College of Engineering, state and federal agencies, and reclamation experts to evaluate possible remediation of the landfill
  • Maul Foster & Alongi, a Portland-based environmental engineering firm, led the remediation study. Its experience includes brownfield remediation projects throughout the Pacific Northwest
  • The remediation plan proposes reusing excavated and cleaned fill to grade and fill the pumice mine to a desired level, as well as areas of the landfill
  • The approach may eliminate the need to import backfill, reducing 29,600 truck trips and community impact