Construction to Begin on New Residence Hall
I am very pleased to announce that we expect to complete the financing shortly for a new residence hall on the Forest Grove Campus and plan to begin construction in earnest on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Pacific University, with the assistance of the Inici Group, has selected Walsh Construction and Mahlum to design and construct the 200-bed residence hall on Reynolds Field in close proximity to the University Center, Price Hall and the covered tennis courts.
Completion of the residence hall is expected in time for the 2014 Fall Semester. To meet this goal, construction will take place Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Construction Zone and Parking Changes
On Monday, Sept. 23, a construction zone will be established with enclosed fencing that will surround the parking lot east of Clark Hall and all of Reynolds Field. This zone will result in significant changes to permit parking availability on campus. The parking lot north of Reynolds Field will house construction trailers for the duration of the project and will not be open to cars. The parking spaces south of Reynolds Field will be permanently removed and the lot will become part of the residence hall complex. Limited parking will be available north of the uncovered tennis courts. Additional parking for university permit holders is now available at the entrance to Pacific University’s Cannery Field, on the east side of Cedar Street where it meets 23rd Place. The lot is now striped, and security cameras have been installed. The reserved parking spaces adjacent to Price Hall will remain open during the construction project.
Truck Traffic Patterns and Construction Loading and Unloading
The northern part of Reynolds Field will serve as the equipment and materials loading site. Large trucks transporting equipment and materials will approach the university from Sunset Drive. The trucks will enter campus from University Avenue on the access driveway between Clark Hall and the converted command center trailers lot. Trucks will load and unload materials at the loading site, and exit the loading onto University Avenue from the exit nearest the uncovered tennis courts. When leaving campus, the trucks will either return to Sunset Drive or proceed south on to Cedar Street. If you are interested, additional logistical detail is provided on the web page referenced below.
Additional Logistical Details
Please refer to the university website for complete details and a map of the construction site, affected areas and cannery field.
This exciting development marks an important milestone in the university's history and its future. The addition of a sixth residence hall on campus will provide much needed housing for our growing undergraduate student enrollment, which now exceeds 1,700 and is expected to grow to 2,000 by the year 2020.To celebrate, I'd like to invite you to a special groundbreaking ceremony during Homecoming at the construction site on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 2:30 p.m.
Thank you again for your patience and understanding as this important project begins and continues through the middle of next year. If you have any questions or concerns about the project, please feel free to contact Mark Ankeny, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. Questions regarding the construction process should be directed to Harold Roark, Director of Facilities and Safety Management. As always, you are also welcome to contact me directly by responding to this email or contacting my office.
Lesley M. Hallick, PhD