New Residence Hall Construction

Artist rendition of new residence hall
Hamilton Walton Tranformation Project Construction

Dynamic and attractive communities are needed to help drive and support student recruitment and retention in a very competitive environment.

Students who live on campus in the UO’s high-quality, learning-centered residential communities have higher grades, higher retention and graduation rates, and graduate faster than students who live off campus.

Living on campus at the UO facilitates diverse and inclusive communal engagement, contributes to students’ exploring purpose and meaning, and facilitates students making long-term social connections.

Map of phases one, two, and three
Project Overview

The Hamilton Walton Transformation Project will unfold in three phases:

  1. Unthank Hall (completed summer 2021) on Humpy Lumpy Lawn contains the Student Welcome Center, large open market (PNW Market), academic spaces, and residences for 700 students.
  2. Removal of Walton Hall and construction of two new residence hall buildings: Building B will contain academic spaces, a service center, a package locker delivery center, and residences for 705 students. Building C will contain apartments and single-occupant “micro” efficiency units for 400 students. 
  3. Removal of Hamilton Hall and development of a new green space which will be larger than the Humpy Lumpy Lawn that Unthank Hall replaced.

Phase two construction map

Phase Two

Phase two will be the demolition of Walton Hall and then the construction of two new residence halls, currently designated building B and C on the site. Fencing and temporary walking paths around the site are in place. 

Phase Two Project Facts

  • Building B will be a traditional residence hall for approximately 700 students and include a new service center and package locker delivery center
  • Building C will have 400 new beds in a mix of four bedroom apartments and single-occupancy “micro” efficiency units
  • Funding sources: revenue bonds/internal bank, university carry-forward funds, fundraising and sponsorships
  • Phase two combined square footage: 289,000 GSF
  • Anticipated cost for phase one is $120 Million
  • Anticipated LEED Gold

Phase Two Timeline

  • Start date: July 2021, construction fencing and site preparation
  • End date: July 2023, buildings B and C ready for occupancy


Project administrators located the building to preserve as many of the large trees along 15th Avenue as possible. Some of the trees that will be harvested will be used in the project.

The amount of green space that will be available after the entire project is completed will be larger than the current green space by approximately 20 percent.

Unthank Hall will meet the Advanced Energy Threshold—25 percent above the current state energy code—and will earn LEED Gold certification.


Construction Update, October 16–October 22

This week there will be Walton Hall abatement and demolition activities. 

High impact activities:
Demolition  •  Heavy equipment  •  Powered hand tools

Expect increased construction traffic around the site at Agate Street. Large deliveries and equipment are flagged while entering roadway.

Construction hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; loud work starts at 9:00 a.m. during fall term.
Contractors have been asked to be mindful of student schedules and noise levels.