Busy Beavers: $300M in new construction for OSU campus

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The beavers have been busy this summer, with a little help from a crane.

A boom crane, that is.

Half a block from the student union, a massive red crane looms over the new home for the Oregon State College of Business headlines the action this summer.

The building will be called Austin Hall.

"I think Austin Hall is merely one of many projects on campus that reflect the transformation of Oregon State," said Ilene Kleinsorge, dean of the College of Business.

Down the street, crews are building a new $42 million student experience center.

Right now on campus there are a dozen major construction projects either in progress or in the planning stages within the next 3 years.

The work is all paid for through student fees, bonds and the Campaign for OSU, a big private fundraising effort.

"We'll have about a little over $300 million worth of new construction work that we're doing on campus," said Brian Thorsness, OSU campus operations director.

Thorsness said many of these projects are long overdue.

"When you look at the magnitude of our campus, we've got over 60 percent of our buildings that are 50 years old," he said.

It's work that fits in with President Ed Ray's goal of making Oregon State one of the nation's top land grant universities.

"So it's a great time to be a Beaver," Thorsness said.