Honor - SCUP Excellence in Planning for a New Campus

Oregon State University-Cascades

Long Range Development Plan
Oregon State University-Cascades - Long Range Development Plan
Jury Comments
". . . the plan has a sense of real place . . . I like how the cut into the cliff is incorporated into the campus . . . this is the only project that did a complete reclamation of the site . . . knocked it out of the park . . ."


    • Site – 128 acres; Building – 1.2 million gsf
    • A strategic mix of uses, flexible spaces, and the living lab landscape.
    • Partners and co-locates with community organizations.
    • Provides public access to recreation, cultural, educational, and wellness resources and facilities.
    • Pedestrian network connects the campus with nearby community amenities.
    • Regenerative native woodlands and meadow landscapes.
    • Water treatment gardens produce graywater for reuse.
    • Net zero water balance and energy goals for full build-out
    • 370,000-495,000 sq ft of photovoltaic panels and potential for biomass to power campus.
    • Provides affordable student housing for 40% of student headcount and 300 units of workforce housing.
    • Harvests native soils.


OSU-Cascades envisioned a highly sustainable, inclusive, and well-integrated campus within its community. Anticipating trends in demographics, technology, and learning, the plan promotes an environment of flexibility, innovation, collaboration, and creativity. A central challenge for the university will be to transform the site—a former landfill and pumice mine—into a vibrant and functional campus. Both the landfill and mine sites are environmentally degraded and structurally unsuitable for development. The master plan proposes a remediation and reclamation strategy to restore these former brownfield areas into an ecologically-rich high desert landscape, and provide a healthy and enriching setting that positively impacts the Bend community. The master plan envisions an environment that is truly of its place in Central Oregon. The landscape strategy celebrates the site’s dramatic topography, high desert habitat, and regenerative ecological rehabilitation.

Acquiring the landfill site, which makes up 72-acres of the 128-acre campus, was necessary to accommodate the 5,000 student enrollment in a financially feasible way, but it will also play a critical role in the reclamation and site work for the campus. The former landfill materials can be useful in helping to re-grade the university’s pumice mine site, making it more developable. The 100-foot-deep pumice mine will need significant grading, fill to 40 feet deep, and slope stabilization to accommodate development. Conversely, the landfill cells will need to be excavated, providing on-site fill material for the mine site. Acquiring the landfill allows the university to more efficiently and cost effectively grade the property in preparation for the future campus. Using landfill materials on site rather than hauling off site reduces environmental and community impacts by eliminating more than 101,000 truck trips, making this creative solution broadly beneficial.

Project Team

Page; also SERA Architects; PAE; Biohabitats; Walker Macy; ABHT; DOWL; Karen Braitmayer; Maul Foster & Alongi