Over the next decades, OSU-Cascades will expand, creating a 128-acre campus for up to 5,000 students. The transformation of the university properties — a former pumice mine and former Deschutes County demolition landfill — is one of the most innovative university development projects in the country. While expansion will be slow — perhaps one building every two years — our goal is to share the story of the development and the ways we will minimize its impact on our surrounding community.
During reclamation work, crews removed material from the mine, processed it, and created structurally consistent material to refill the former mine. The sheer faces of the sides of the mine were re-sloped to improve access, which also provided fill material to raise the floor of the mine, as much as 40 feet in places. Raising the floor of the mine also involved the adjacent and former demolition waste landfill, which yielded clean soil and rock.
To the left is Edward J. Ray Hall, which opened to students in fall 2021.
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The campus long range development plan earned an award for innovative design from the national Society for College and University Planning.
It outlines the transformation of underutilized land into a campus that meets the needs of future generations, emphasizing:
Campus plans include 10 miles of walking and biking trails, an amphitheater, recreation fields, food venues with outdoor seating, an Innovation District and mid-market affordable housing.