Monday, August 18, 2014
As the start of Fall Semester nears, it is a very exciting time to be a Boxer!
The improvements to the Forest Grove Campus continue to take shape, and soon you will be able to enjoy spacious new common areas, expanded dining options, an on-campus bookstore and more.
Our newest residence, Cascade Hall, is open on time and under budget. Designed to enhance both comfort and social interaction, the hall is welcoming 198 first and second-year students, some of whom have already moved in, and the majority to do so later this week. Landscaping on the exterior grounds, including a reseeding of grass on the north side, as well as paving of the fire lanes between Cascade and Clark halls, is expected to be finished by the end of this week.
The first of two phases of the Washburne University Center (UC) Refresh is nearly complete. When it is, you will have a sparkling new dining commons named The Grove with an array of dining plans to choose from, including an all access option that allows you to eat as many times throughout the day as you like. New restrooms and furniture, a glass skylight ceiling and Boxer Pause lounge (formerly the Alumni Room) will also energize the UC as the heart of campus.
The plan to have the first phase of the UC Refresh complete by the start of Fall Semester (Aug. 25) has been adjusted due to unexpected delays in the delivery of glass for the skylight and recently identified need for remaining electrical work. As a result, the first floor of the UC, including The Grove dining area, Boxer Pause lounge and information desk, is currently scheduled to open by Friday, Sept. 5, possibly a few days earlier. Furniture for these areas is scheduled to be delivered today (Aug. 18), assembled and stored in the Boxer Pause until it is ready to be placed. The fire lane in front of the UC will be repaved on Saturday, Aug. 23, with site work occurring in the middle of this week. We will provide pedestrian access through this area with protected walking lanes.
We are working with Aramark to ensure students' dining needs are met or exceeded with minimal inconvenience. All access food service will be delivered to students in the multipurpose room (MPR) on the lower level of the UC, allowing students a short walk to eat outside under the tents. By using the MPR for serving meals, students will learn how the new all access plan works: They first proceed through an entry door, swipe their Boxer Card, pick up their meal and exit to the outside. For additional servings as allowed by the all access plan, students return to the entry door and swipe their card again to pick up a second helping. This process will be the same when The Grove opens.
Phase 2 of the UC Refresh, the exciting new retail section of the building, will include the move of the Barnes & Noble at Pacific University Bookstore, the opening of a full service Starbucks and the POD Market (Provisions on Demand) convenience store featuring a food service island and grab-and-go items. This phase of construction is scheduled for completion on Sept. 18, and the bookstore will remain open at its present location on Pacific Avenue until then. Starbucks and the POD Market are slated to open Sept. 28 to allow time for staff training and other preparation.
There are several changes that will be occurring this fall with Aramark, our food provider. Food Service Director Bethany Bigelow has decided to pursue other opportunities and will be leaving Pacific after eight years of outstanding service. Sam Currie has been hired as the new food service director. Sam will work with Bethany until she departs at the end of September. However, Bethany will be the person in charge until she leaves Pacific. Additionally, new Executive Chef Matt Johnson has recently begun his duties at Pacific.
Special thanks to the tireless efforts of our Facilities Management team, Opsis Architecture, Walsh Construction, Inici Group and Aramark, this ambitious project — normally a six- to seven-month endeavor — will be complete in less than four months.
Other work that has been completed this month to enhance our beautiful campus includes pressure washing of several campus buildings, re-carpeting of the Scott Hall first floor, planting of white oak trees on the south side of campus and repair of walkways throughout Trombley Square.
Additionally, construction of the roof over the grandstand of our athletics stadium is on schedule will finish later this month, on time and under budget. The stadium has been renamed Hanson Stadium in honor of trustee Rich Hanson and his wife Joy, who have been longtime supporters of the university. A special dedication ceremony will take place prior to kickoff of our football team's home opener on Saturday, Sept. 6.
We will continue to update you on the progress of our campus improvements through email and on our fabulous new website (pacificu.edu), which launched last week.
Be sure to mark 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 on your calendars for a special ribbon ceremony at Cascade Hall, followed by a reception in the gorgeous new University Center!
In the meantime, thank you for your patience and understanding, and Go Boxers!