Architect sketch of residence hall
Information About the Residence Hall Project
Note: COCC Residence Live is now accepting housing applications for Fall 2015. For more information please visit: Residence Life.
The new Residence Hall will provide 330 beds for student housing and will be located on the COCC campus, just west of the Mazama Gymnasium and field. Architects are Mahlum Architects and Pinnacle Architecture and the General Contractor is Lease Crutcher Lewis. The building will be utilized all year, with summer conferences filling space during the off months. The plan is to seek Earth Advantage Multi-Family Gold level certified.
- Project Scope
At its Jan. 22, 2014 meeting, the Central Oregon Community College Board of Directors gave approval for the construction of a new residence hall on the COCC Bend campus.
Resolution Accepting GMP for Student Housing (pdf)
Anticipated construction costs are $15-$16 million and total project costs are budgeted at about $20 million. Funds will come from full-faith and credit general obligation bonds, to be issued by the College.
- Schedule Status
The project will begin construction in April of 2014. The project has a completion and move-in of summer 2015.
Questions and Answers from Community Meetings:
Q: Can the building be moved further from Mt. Washington and the nearby neighborhood?
A: Programmatically, the residence hall needs to be near the Library, Coats Campus Center and Mazama Gymnasium – thus the proposed location. For the safety of students walking and biking to these and other buildings on the campus, we do not want to move it too much further way. As planned, it is 470 feet from Mt. Washington Drive and 575 feet from the nearest house, with the wooded area in between. In addition, the College plans to plant more trees between the new building and the road and neighborhood.
Q: Wouldn’t the driving entrance work better in a different location?
A: Following the meeting where this question was raised, we seriously looked at other alternatives, including having the entrance from the existing roads in the Campus Village. However, we concluded the proposed entrance provides additional safety and convenience for drivers and residents. This entrance will include a left-turn lane and will be near a bend in the road, both of which will provide traffic calming on Mt. Washington, keeping cars at a slower rate. Also, it will be in a location that will make it easier for people coming from the campus to see a greater distance in both directions.
Q: What can be done to assure that students don’t park in the neighborhood?
A: We believe we are providing enough parking at the building for the students. While we cannot enforce parking off our campus (only the City can do that), we will make sure students know that overflow parking is available on the campus (either in the Library parking lots or near the Mazama Gymnasium).
Q: How tall is the building?
A: The tallest part of the building is 57 feet above grade, but the trees between Mt. Washington and the building are tall and dense enough to provide substantial screening of the building from Mt Washington Drive. It will not block the view from anywhere on campus, looking toward the mountains, and should blend in well when looking from Mt. Washington toward the rest of the campus.