Edward J. Ray Hall

Named in honor of Ed Ray, a past president of Oregon State, Edward J. Ray Hall was completed in fall 2021.

An innovative design, a sustainable future

Edward J. Ray Hall serves the STEAM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. The building's architectural design encourages academic and research collaborations, flexible teaching and learning environments, and excellence in energy efficiency and sustainability.

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, a $1 million gift from the Tykeson Family Foundation, 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.

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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 toward 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 is the first in Central Oregon to be fully constructed using mass timber.

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Powered by geothermal

A study confirmed a major sustainable energy source for the expanded campus: geothermal energy. A ground water based geo-exchange system now connects 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 stories
  • 8,577 ft. of windows, 65 operable windows
  • 7 general classrooms
    • Learning spaces that support interactive and collaborative engagement
  • 12 laboratories
    • Biomechanics lab, exercise physiology lab, cadaver lab
    • Research spaces for Energy Systems Engineering Lab, Water and Energy Technologies Lab, FORCE Lab
  • Makerspace for art, computer science, engineering and outdoor product programs
  • Machine shop
  • Collaborative spaces for informal and formal studying
  • Quiet spaces for faculty and student conversations
  • Office spaces and meeting rooms