President Edward J. Ray
Dear members of the Oregon State University community,
I am writing to confirm my decision that Oregon State University will locate the university’s new Marine Studies Building at the Hatfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport.
This announcement follows more than a year’s work and scientific evaluation by an oversight committee that I created in October 2016 to monitor the design, engineering and eventual construction of this new building and related student housing in Newport.
This memorandum provides an update on the design and engineering of the Marine Studies Building based on the review of the MSI Oversight Committee. The committee was charged by President Ray in October 2016 to ensure that the design, engineering, and construction of the Marine Studies Building and associated housing to be built in Newport, Oregon, will meet or exceed the earthquake and tsunami performance commitments the university has made to the public. Additionally, the committee will ensure that these buildings are operated with the highest level of safety and evacuation procedures, preparation and training. The committee reports to Provost Ed Feser and Special Assistant to the President Ron Adams.
Oregon State University’s new marine studies building at its Hatfield Marine Science Center will not only increase the region’s marine science education and research capacity, it will use state-of-the-art architectural and engineering techniques to serve as one of the first “vertical evacuation” tsunami sites in the United States.
On Wednesday, OSU leaders unveiled plans for the $50 million-plus building, which will be located on the university’s Newport campus adjacent to Yaquina Bay in Newport. The 72,000-square-foot building will have a three-story academic and research core, connected to a two-story wing that includes community space, an auditorium, an innovation laboratory and other facilities.