The design of the new residence hall at OSU-Cascades takes inspiration from the stark beauty of the high desert with informal open spaces and an aesthetic with clean lines and materials that are native to the region. The exteriors are clad in natural stained cedar to reflect the heavily wooded setting.
Massing of the building is divided into separate wings of three and four stories, each that connect to student amenity areas. Accommodating the social needs of 300 live-in students, the building features a large ground-level lounge with community kitchen, a fitness room, as well as study areas and community kitchens on each floor.
The residence hall was designed and built simultaneously with the new OSU-Cascades Dining Hall. With the goal of being the nation’s first net-zero campus, both buildings have the ability to connect to sustainable power sources in the future. The broad sloping roofs face south to allow for future PV panels for energy generation. Waste and storm water reuse is planned for future phases.