EUGENE, Ore. — Students at the University of Oregon can say goodbye to the cramped recreation center and outdated memorial union. Approved by legislators on the last day of their session, there’s a construction boom coming to the UO.
The legislature approved nearly $240 million for the UO campus, including $50 million for the PE & REC and $84 million for the Erb Memorial Union.
University architect Chris Ramey says the new and improved rec center will feature over 100,000 square feet of new construction, plus renovations to the existing building. Work on that project should start by the end of July.
At the memorial union, part of the building will be demolished and replaced with a newer and more efficient space. Work on this project starts this winter.
Both projects will be paid for by state-issued bonds, which will be retired through increased student fees. The increased fees were approved by students during an online vote.
Also in the works are renovations to Straub and Earl Halls, which contain teaching, administrative space and student living.
“I think it’s needed especially for the rec center. I’ve been coming there for years, been wanting pretty much to get a bigger pool and have a lot more machines to exercise on,” said recent grad Max Dubovoy. “As far as the Mu goes, it’s getting old.”