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UO to build new dormitory next year.

Byline: Elon Glucklich The Register-Guard

A new 531-bed student dorm itory is set for construction next spring or summer on the east edge of the University of Oregon campus.

UO officials have discussed the dorm plan for more than a year. But the university took a big step forward step this week, applying for a $31.5 million building permit from the city of Eugene.

The total project cost is $45 million, members of the UO Board of Trustees have said. The five-story, 140,000-square-foot building will rise just north of East 17th Avenue, between Moss and Columbia streets. The dorm site is south of the recently built Global Scholars honors dorm, and just east of the Many Nations Longhouse.

The plan is to open the dorm in fall 2017, Michael Griffel, the UO's director of housing, wrote in an email. A former church building and several rental houses at 17th Avenue and Moss Street will need to be demolished first.

Griffel called the new, yet-to-be-named dorm "the first project in the University of Oregon residence hall capital plan," which will extensively remodel three large, existing dorms in phases during the next 12 years.

Once the new dorm is finished, the UO will "continue the cycle of renovations, half a large residence hall at a time," Griffel said. Renovations will start with the Bean residence hall from 2017 through 2020, followed by the Hamilton residence hall from 2020 through 2023 and Walton residence hall from 2025 through 2027.

"The new residence hall is needed to begin the process to take (other dorm) buildings offline for renovation," Griffel said.

Revenue bonds sold by the UO will pay for the $45 million new dorm.

The other dorm work will cost the university at least $124 million over the next 12 years, documents shared with the UO board earlier this month show. A residence hall study done by the UO in 2011 found that renovating the dorms would cost about 40 percent of the cost of building new.

The dorm project marks the first major UO residence hall construction since the Global Scholars Hall opened at 15th Avenue and Moss Street in 2012.

Design plans for the new dorm include an open common area, a small auditorium, faculty offices, an apartment for a scholar in residence and a "flexible learning space," Griffel said.

The new dorm won't have a dining hall because of its proximity to the Global Scholars Hall, which includes a large dining area.

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Date:Dec 25, 2015
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