Knight Science Campus plans move forward

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 Frankliln Boulevard and a sky bridge connecting to the existing science complex. (Courtesy University of Oregon)

EUGENE, Ore. – The University of Oregon’s plans for the Knight Science Campus are in full swing.

The money for the Knight campus is coming completely separate from student tuition.

Knight Science Campus director Patrick Phillips said it will rely on state and endowment funding.

The Board of Trustees voted Thursday for the university to start the project with up to $20 million. That money is for design plans.

The board will then discuss funding for construction in the fall.

“We're totally on track. It's going better than I actually could have imagined. it's very exciting times. There's great support from the community, from the campus, from the board of directors,” Phillips said.

He said he’s talking with state lawmakers in hopes they’ll approve an initial $34 million toward the project.

Phillips said the university is working with the businesses on Franklin boulevard, in the path of the building designs, to find the best solution.

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