The location of OSU-Cascades on property that presently contains an abandoned pumice mine pit offers a unique opportunity in designing the campus.

Like it or not, significant space will be needed for vehicle parking. Rather than filling the entire pit to surface level, part of the pit should be left unfilled and used as an underground parking garage. This will create a more pleasant campus, with most vehicles underground and separated from the people. It also allows a larger amount of the property free to be developed in the future as the university grows.

The 56 acres designated for the campus is not huge. Care should be taken so that the space is used in the best manner possible.

Laurence Spiegel

Lake Oswego