Western Oregon University is in the midst of two major construction projects to build a new live-learn residence hall and construct a health and wellness center by renovating the Old P.E. building with additional space for a recreation center. Both of these buildings are being designed and constructed to meet stringent requirements in sustainability. Explore these pages to learn more about both projects and keep checking back for news updates as the construction progresses.
Construction on the Ackerman Hall began in the summer of 2009, and will be completed in time for students to move in for fall term in 2010. Construction on the health and wellness center broke ground in October 2009 and will be completed during winter term of 2011. Please visit the links to the left to learn more about the projects, see floorplans and read about the LEED certification these buildings are working toward.
June 2, 2010 - The campus' green efforts have reached far, as evidenced by sustainable efforts in removing a bee infestation in the construction of Ackerman Hall. A large group of honey bees entered the insulation of Ackerman Hall over the long Memorial Weekend. Art professor Kim Hoffman, also a beekeeper, worked with construction workers to get the honey bees into a box. The bees were unharmed and safely relocated to a natural environment.
May 31, 2010 - The buildings have come a long way, check out the May aerial of the health and wellness center showing the addition of the support beams.
May 4, 2010 - The live-learn residence hall has been named Ackerman Hall, in honor of John Henry Ackerman, president of Oregon Normal School from 1911 to 1921.
Jan. 31, 2010 - An aerial photo of the health and wellness center is viewable.
Nov. 12, 2009 - An aerial photo from October of construction on the health and wellness center has been posted .
Oct. 21, 2009 - The first concrete was poured and the installation for the rainwater harvest tank took place for the live-learn residence hall. Photos have been posted in an online gallery.
Oct. 17, 2009 - Photos from the health and wellness center groundbreaking ceremony are available for viewing in an online gallery.
Oct. 8, 2009 - Construction began on the health and wellness center after the groundbreaking ceremony held on Monday, Oct. 5. The ceremony included remarks by Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney, WOU President John P. Minahan, and a blessing by Eirik Thorsgard of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Read more.
Sept. 22, 2009 - A groundbreaking ceremony has been scheduled for the health & wellness center for Monday, Oct. 5 at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the construction site outside of the Old P.E. Building and will include a blessing by members of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Read more.
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