East Campus Residence Hall

East Campus Residence Hall

East Campus Residence Hall Groundbreaking Celebration: July 12, 2010, 11 a.m. / At the southwest corner of 15th Avenue and Moss Street / Please join University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere and other distinguished guests for this historic celebration.

Timeline: Start construction summer 2010, open fall 2012

Resident students: 454 undergraduates

Academic themes:

  • Honors: The residence hall will support classroom curriculum and develop specific projects and programs for students seeking a comprehensive and scholarly academic experience, such as those enrolled in the Robert D. Clark Honors College and honors programs in individual departments.
  • Language immersion: The hall will offer projects and programs for foreign language majors and others seeking a language immersion experience. Anchor programs in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, plus additional languages, will offer classroom instruction and informal opportunities for learning languages.

How project will benefit the university:

  • Part of a plan to upgrade the overall quality of UO residence halls to attract more high-achieving students and help meet the UO’s goal of increasing enrollment from 22,400 to 24,000
    Help meet UO goal of increasing percentage of undergraduates housed on campus from 21 percent to 25 percent (a 19 percent increase in the number of beds) in a program of sequenced independence
  • Improve the student experience by integrating academics into residential life
  • After 40 years with no new residence halls, the ECRH will be the second new residence hall built in the past five years, providing a selection of student room configurations and even greater cohesion with academic life than the Living Learning Center, which opened in 2006

Building details:

  • Location: Northeast corner of the block bordered by 15th Avenue, Moss Street,  Agate Street and 17th Avenue; just east of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History (currently a parking lot); across 15th Avenue from the Bean Complex.
  • Square footage: 185,000 square feet
  • Design: Single first-floor plate with three residential towers rising an additional four floors.

Total estimated cost: $71.5 million

Funding sources: State bonds, retired with student room and board income, and private gifts

Design: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects of Portland

Construction: Hoffman Construction of Portland

Living units:

  • Larger rooms than those in the earlier residence halls, including singles of 166-199 square feet (seven with private bathrooms)
  • Doubles of 255 square feet (two with private bathrooms); “Jack and Jill” arrangements of two doubles connected by a shared bathroom (488 square feet) (Traditional double-occupancy rooms in the earlier residence halls are 150 square feet with each floor sharing showers and bathrooms)
  • Semi-suites consisting of three doubles with a shared bathroom (881 square feet) (Traditional double-occupancy rooms in the earlier residence halls are 150 square feet with each floor sharing showers and bathrooms)

Special features:

  • Learning Commons including presentation practice rooms with multimedia technology, study carrels, and five multi-purpose classrooms
  • Multi-purpose room/performance center seating up to 300, with a stage, control room, event lighting and acoustic paneling to be used for classes, performances, banquets, dances, movies, workshops and more
  • Living rooms, lounges and other places to socialize
  • Full-time, on-site librarian to assist students with research in the afternoon and evening
  • Resident faculty scholar to direct the hall’s academic programs and provide curriculum leadership
  • Dining Hall seating for 190 with an espresso bar and grab ‘n’ go feature.
  • Entire first floor and mezzanine—including classrooms, lounges, study rooms, dining facilities and librarian support—available for use by non-resident students, faculty, and staff

Giving opportunities:

While the bulk of construction costs will be paid with state bonds retired through student residence hall fees, the university is seeking private gifts to fund some of the academic features of the new hall. Below are some of the gift opportunities.

  • Provide substantial support for academic programs and name the residence hall
  • Provide substantial support for academic programs and name the constellation of academic initiatives
  • Fund construction of and name the Learning Commons
  • Fund technology to support academic programs
  • Endow the resident library position

For more information on how you can help, contact Shauna Whidden, 541-346-1762, swhidden@uoregon.edu.