OSU College of Forestry builds new facility

The facility will cost $79.5 million dollars.

Posted: Feb 14, 2018 6:21 PM
Updated: Feb 15, 2018 11:54 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore., -- Construction is underway for a new building to house Oregon State University's College of Forestry. 

Construction crews on SW Jefferson continue to make progress on the unique, three-story building, which will house classrooms, offices and labs once completed. 

The interesting thing about this facility is that the structure will be made primarily out of wood. All the wood used in the project comes from Oregon.

Anthony Davis, Dean of the College of Forestry, said it is one way to connect the classroom with the community. 

The new building received some pushback from students and faculty who don't think it is necessary but Davis said it is what the college needs for the program to be successful long-term.

"Change is hard, and what we are trying to do is to make sure we do listen and we hear how we can help people through that change," Davis said. "What we are going to end up here provides many future generations with a home for learning."

The cost for the building is also higher than expected. It was first estimated to cost about $60 million, but it will now cost $79.5 million. 

Geoff Huntington, the Chief of Staff for the College of Forestry, said the extra money came from donors and university reserves, not public funding. 

"So it was more than what was originally budgeted, but I think most people would consider that it is actually in range of what you would look for in a building of this nature right now," Davis said.

Construction for the project was supposed to start in the fall of 2016, but after delays construction, it didn't get underway until July 2017.

Officials expect it to be ready for classes in the spring of 2019. 

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