OSU-Cascades' second academic building is named in honor of Ed Ray, a past president of Oregon State.

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Opening Fall 2021

Edward J. Ray Hall will serve the STEAM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. It was made possible thanks to a $5 million gift from an anonymous donor, a $1 million gift from Charles McGrath, founder and former president of Grace-Bio Labs, and gifts from other generous donors, who together contributed $10 million to match state funding. The total cost of the new building is $49 million.

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Named for A Transformational Leader

OSU President Emeritus Ed Ray’s leadership fulfilled a 30-year quest to bring a four-year university to Central Oregon. His efforts led to the expansion of OSU-Cascades to a four-year university in 2015 and the opening of its campus in 2016. Ray served as Oregon State’s president for 17 years through June 2020. He now is president emeritus and a professor of economics in the OSU College of Liberal Arts. Learn more.

Setting A Net Zero Standard for the Future

With innovative design and construction features, Edward J. Ray Hall is OSU-Cascades’ ‘North Star’ for sustainability, setting a standard for future campus buildings and helping us move towards the bold, net zero energy, water and waste goals laid out in the campus’s long range development plan.

It Starts with Wood

An innovative wood construction product, and viable alternative to materials like concrete or steel, cross-laminated timber is noted for its strength, beauty and resilience. Timber materials for Edward J. Ray Hall were sustainably harvested and produced from forests in the Pacific Northwest. The building will be the first in Central Oregon to be fully constructed using mass timber.
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Powered by Geothermal

A recent study confirmed a major sustainable energy source for the expanded campus: geothermal energy. A ground water based geo-exchange system will connect to an aquifer 500-feet beneath the campus surface for year-round heating and cooling of all future campus buildings, starting with Edward J. Ray Hall.


  • 50,000 sq. ft.
  • 4 levels
  • Learning spaces that support interactive and collaborative engagement
  • Specialized classrooms for curriculum-specific teaching and equipment
  • Laboratories and engineering teaching spaces
  • Maker spaces for art, computer science, engineering and outdoor product programs
  • Collaborative spaces for informal and formal studying
  • Quiet spaces for faculty and student conversations
  • Office spaces


Edward J. Ray Hall will be located across the campus roadway from Tykeson Hall. From the north face of the building, students will walk out to a cascading plaza, within view of a campus amphitheater and oval green for playing, gathering and events.