Award-Winning and Visionary Campus Plan

The long range development plan is a comprehensive and visionary roadmap for the development of the expanded campus. It outlines the transformation of 128 acres of underutilized property near the center of Bend into a campus built to meet the needs of future generations of students, teachers and researchers, emphasizing:

  • Connections to the surrounding community
  • Social, economic and triple net zero environmental resiliency
  • Central Oregon’s flora and fauna, and community emphasis on health
  • Interdisciplinary learning, entrepreneurship and innovation

The plan represents the culmination of a 30-year grassroots effort on the part of Central Oregonians to bring a university to the region.  The Society for College and University Planning recognized OSU-Cascades’ long range development plan with the 2018 Honor Award of Excellence in Planning for a New Campus.

Using the Landfill to fill the Pumice Mine

Engineering consultants hired by Oregon State University – Cascades to study the viability of developing the Deschutes County demolition landfill have designed a reclamation strategy that could eliminate 29,600 truck trips and minimize the impact of campus development on the community.

The plan proposes reusing excavated and cleaned material from the landfill to then grade and fill the pumice mine to the desired level, as well as grade portions of the landfill. The approach may eliminate the need to import any backfill material for the pumice mine from off-site, which is estimated to take as many as 29,600 truck trips.

Besides preparing the pumice mine for campus development, the reclamation strategy will transform the unused landfill into 36 acres of fully developable land, and allow for an additional 36 acres that could be developed for passive uses, such as sports fields, open space, parking lots or solar panel fields.

Landscape Architecture Magazine, May 2018

Moving and Shaking: A University in the Northwest Buys a Landfill to Reclaim A Former Pumice Mine (PDF)

Residential and Dining Halls Receive Innovator Award

The residential and dining halls on the OSU-Cascades campus were recognized with an Innovator award for Best New Development. 

The residence hall can accommodate 300 undergraduate and graduate students at full capacity, in single-, double-, and triple-rooms, as well as in apartment-style suites. Amenities in the three-wing building include quiet study rooms, lounges and kitchens, a fitness center, and indoor storage room for bicycles and recreational gear.

The two-story dining hall provides a strong visual reference for the campus with a sloped metal roof and a durable exterior of wood, metal panel, siding and large glass walls. Inside, a soaring fireplace is a central gathering point. The main dining area seats up to 250 guests, with additional outdoor seating.

The residence hall complements the dining hall with similar exterior materials and a pitched metal roof. The buildings’ interiors feature contemporary furnishings and a materials palette that includes wood and the OSU color palette.