Oregon Research Institute opens the doors at its new facility

EUGENE, Ore. -- After ten years of planning and over a year of work the Oregon Research Institute has a new home.

The 80,000 square-foot building broke ground on the project in 2011 at the riverfront research park near the University of Oregon campus.

The $17 million dollar budget built 140 offices along with research rooms for studies and activities.

Dan Hoechlin at the research institute said that it's nice to finally settle in and get down to business.

"ORI does human behavioral research. So we have many office spaces, where our staff works - the scientists and the sport staff and the administrative staff that supports them," said Hoechlin.

He said that behavioral research projects have already started in the building including a study on the benefits of tai chi. For that project, special machines are used to measure balance and motion.