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