OSU Cascades Vision

Bend, Oregon

In 2011 after the unveiling of the Living Cities Design Competition, Stacey, Rachel (at Ambient Architecture) and Steven Ames were approached by OSU-Cascades to provide an urban campus vision for the new 4-year university campus in Bend. Given a free hand to place a campus anywhere in Bend, the team chose a mix of undeveloped lands on the West Side of Bend. The visions focuses on the year 2030 and projected student population growth could easily be accommodated to 2050 and beyond. The campus vision includes a connection to the heart of the city, being situated at the former Mt. Bachelor Park-n-Ride lot at SW Simpson Avenue and Colorado Avenue.

 

Based on benchmark metrics for higher education and reflecting forecast for Central Oregon, the campus will expand over time as student population grows.  New classrooms, parking needs (either an increase or a decrease over time) and student housing is fully considered. The vision also included a ‘repurposed’ use for an optional South Campus that could redevelop exiting buildings, infrastructure and landscape of the Mill Point Business Campus at Colorado Avenue and Columbia Streets along the bluff overlooking the Deschutes River.

 

In 2013, OSU-Cascades hired Stemach Design & Architecture, along with Steven Ames Planning and Vidas Architecture to provide campus location visuals to describe possible "town-gown" transitions. This "Separate" campus visual depicts the traditional academic enclave, one separate and having little to do with its surrounding community.

 

The "Separate but Connected" campus model is one that blends open spaces on the campus with a closer integration with the surrounding community. In this visual, the campus becomes more walkable and bike able, housing and community services and amenities are closer to the students, faculty and staff.

 

The "Urban-Integrated" campus model is one that is fully immersed into the fabric of the surrounding community. University and private lands intermix and the campus becomes more of a "district" within the community, the borders become fuzzier, less distinct. Stacey is an active member of OSU-Cascades's Campus Expansion Advisory Committee.

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Bend, Oregon 97702

OSU Cascades Vision

In 2011 after the unveiling of the Living Cities Design Competition, Stacey, Rachel (at Ambient Architecture) and Steven Ames were approached by OSU-Cascades to provide an urban campus vision for the new 4-year university campus in Bend. Given a free hand to place a campus anywhere in Bend, the team chose a mix of undeveloped lands on the West Side of Bend. The visions focuses on the year 2030 and projected student population growth could easily be accommodated to 2050 and beyond. The campus vision includes a connection to the heart of the city, being situated at the former Mt. Bachelor Park-n-Ride lot at SW Simpson Avenue and Colorado Avenue.

 

Based on benchmark metrics for higher education and reflecting forecast for Central Oregon, the campus will expand over time as student population grows.  New classrooms, parking needs (either an increase or a decrease over time) and student housing is fully considered. The vision also included a ‘repurposed’ use for an optional South Campus that could redevelop exiting buildings, infrastructure and landscape of the Mill Point Business Campus at Colorado Avenue and Columbia Streets along the bluff overlooking the Deschutes River.

 

In 2013, OSU-Cascades hired Stemach Design & Architecture, along with Steven Ames Planning and Vidas Architecture to provide campus location visuals to describe possible "town-gown" transitions. This "Separate" campus visual depicts the traditional academic enclave, one separate and having little to do with its surrounding community.

 

The "Separate but Connected" campus model is one that blends open spaces on the campus with a closer integration with the surrounding community. In this visual, the campus becomes more walkable and bike able, housing and community services and amenities are closer to the students, faculty and staff.

 

The "Urban-Integrated" campus model is one that is fully immersed into the fabric of the surrounding community. University and private lands intermix and the campus becomes more of a "district" within the community, the borders become fuzzier, less distinct. Stacey is an active member of OSU-Cascades's Campus Expansion Advisory Committee.