Deschutes County Demolition Landfill

OSU-Cascades purchased a 72-acre former Deschutes County landfill to expand the footprint of the campus in Bend to 128 acres.

  • The purchase followed a nearly two-year study of the landfill during which OSU-Cascades collaborated with OSU’s College of Engineering, state and federal agencies, and reclamation experts to evaluate remediation strategies
  • Key among the features planned for the expanded campus is an innovation district that will foster partnerships between university researchers, students and startup companies in high-tech, bio-tech and other industries
  • Local examples of brownfields that have been successfully transformed include the Old Mill District, the Sunriver Homeowners Association Recreation Center and the Skyline Sports Complex. The Old Mill District was recognized for brownfield redevelopment by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • The remediation plan proposes reusing excavated and cleaned fill to grade and fill the pumice mine to a desired level, as well as areas of the landfill
  • The approach may eliminate the need to import backfill, reducing 30,000 truck trips and community impact