A university in Central Oregon presents an extraordinary opportunity to create a culture of teaching, learning and research. OSU-Cascades has just over 1,200 students but is poised to grow.
OSU-Cascades is building a sustainable campus that is fully integrated with the community while retaining the personal, close-knit environment that has worked so well for our students.
In 2016, Central Oregon's first four-year university opened on 10 acres located near the center of Bend and close to transportation and other amenities. The campus has classrooms, administrative offices and student housing. The 10-acre campus and the nearby Graduate & Research Center together are the first step.
In January 2016, OSU-Cascades announced it would proceed toward the purchase of 46 acres of property in Bend that adjoins to the university’s new campus. The property is located along Southwest Chandler Avenue and is the location of a former pumice mine. A due diligence period included title, environmental, geotechnical and engineering reviews. Additional evaluations included a space analysis, land use review and initial design conceptualizations.
In 2017, after exploring the viability of reclaiming a former demolition landfill, OSU-Cascades completed negotiations with Deschutes County to purchase 72 acres of land that will expand the footprint of the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend to 128 acres. Oregon State University has agreed to buy the landfill and Deschutes County has agreed to sell it to OSU.
By 2025, we anticipate our west side campus will grow as enrollment reaches between 3,000 and 5,000 students.
Expanding OSU-Cascades has been a collaborative effort involving the City of Bend, Deschutes County, Bend Parks and Recreation, public, private and education partners, area residents and nearby campus neighbors. More than 80 Central Oregonians served on 10 task forces related to the campus expansion. In the fall of 2015, four advisory groups formed to build on the work of these task forces and provide expertise and insight to campus leaders in the areas of arts, culture and enrichment; community integration; sustainability; and health and wellness.
With the completion of two months of collaborative work sessions, the advisory groups assisted in the development of final report from the community to help guide the work of the future design team for long range development. After interviewing three highly regarded design teams, the university chose the team of Page and SERA Architects to lead the planning effort for campus expansion.
This is an exciting time for OSU-Cascades, and we welcome all of Central Oregon to be part of our success.