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Knight Campus moves to design phase

The vision: to create the Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. The billion dollar initiative - the University is at work to raise the rest of the money - calls for three new, state-of-the-art science buildings on the north side of Franklin Boulevard and a sky bridge connecting to the existing science complex. (Courtesy University of Oregon)

EUGENE, Ore. – The Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is moving into the design phase.

Planners will explore the building spaces before the structures are built, according to Patrick Phillips, acting executive director of the Knight Campus.

“We have just completed our conceptual design phase, which means we have a good idea of how the building will fit on our available site, as well as general agreement on the activities that will be able to be accommodated within these research-intensive buildings,” Phillips wrote.

Last week, the University of Oregon announced it had closed on a primary property for the $1 billion project.

The project began in fall of 2016 when Phil and Penny Knight donated $500 million to fund the campus.

The two campus buildings are slated to open in the first half of 2020.

Phillips said architects, designers and stakeholders have discussed sustainable building practices, loading docks, and transportation needs in the last three months.

“The design process has been an amazing experience thus far, and I am very excited about how closely our dreams match the available reality at this stage of our planning,” he said.

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