Two new buildings expand University's footprint
Health Professions Campus
Pacific University and the Washington County healthcare community officially expanded this August when the Health Professions Campus (HPC) in Hillsboro opened and was formally dedicated with the help of Oregon Senators Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden and Representative David Wu.
The Campus houses the Schools of Dental Health Science, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and Occupational Therapy in Phase I, with clinics for the College of Optometry and the School of Professional Psychology. More than 700 students, staff, and faculty utilize the 105,000 square foot building. In addition, the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center relocated its Hillsboro clinic to the new building. Phase II is expected to add another building to the Campus in three to five years.
With five stories and several "green" features, the University has applied for a gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the HPC. Designed by SRG Parnership, the project was a collaboration among several institutions, including Pacific and Tuality Healthcare. HPC sits strategically adjacent to Tuality and the TriMet MAX Light Rail line, allowing the University community and patients to easily commute using public transportation.
The first new student living facility on campus in more than a decade, Burlingham Hall opened for 161 sophomores, juniors, and seniors at the end of August. At nearly 60,000 square feet and four stories, the residence hall utilizes many "green" construction techniques and has applied for gold LEED certification, a rare achievement for this type of facility.
Burlingham Hall, named for Forest Grove's Burlingham family, which has had a long history with the University, offers students a new experience in campus living. The building features apartments and suites, which is expected to appeal to older students, encouraging upperclassmen to live on campus longer. It is situated on the corner of University Avenue and Sunset Drive, creating a new gateway to the University nestled near Vandervelden Court, McCormick Hall, Clark Hall, and Walter Hall, adding to the residential corner of campus and clustering student living.
The $11 million residence hall, funded through a municipal bond, was designed by Mahlum Architects. With a focus on building community, each floor features lounges offering a range of televisions and movie viewing options, games, cooking facilities, and quiet areas. Students are also able to study outside, with additional lighting on the grass areas.
Technologically, the building sets a new standard for residence halls. It is the first fully wireless residence hall on campus, yet offers students the fastest connection possible, with more than 10 miles of cable running through the floors and walls and 438 network jacks. Each suite and apartment is also fitted for Comcast video services if residents wish to subscribe.
Students were involved throughout the planning and construction process, both in determining the technology that should be included and how the building should be designed and decorated. Unique to Burlingham Hall is the focus on student and alumni art work. The four lounges include works by Champ Cook '06, who was commissioned to do relief paintings; Christopher Vander Meulen '06, computer generated work; and Lisa Kjorstad '08, black and white photography.