By Beau Eastes

The Bulletin

Project: EID/BID analysis and RAPRD tax evaluation

When: 2 p.m. Nov. 30

Where: UO Knight Library, Room 36; Eugene

Project: Neighborhood revitalization planning

When: 11:50 a.m. Dec. 2

Where: UO Knight Library, Room 36; Eugene

Project: Utility strategic communication plan

When: 10 a.m. Dec. 2

Where: UO Knight Library, Room 41; Eugene

Project: Improving community engagement

When: 2 p.m. Dec. 3

Where: UO HEDCO Building, Room 146

Project: South U.S. Highway 97 corridor improvement

When: 9 a.m. Dec. 3

Where: UO’s Lawrence Hall, Room 278 and 279; Eugene

Project: South U.S. Highway 97 corridor improvement

When: 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4

Where: Redmond Public Works Complex

Project: Neighborhood revitalization planning

When: 9 a.m. Dec. 2

Where: UO Erb Memorial Union Gumwood Room, Eugene

Redmond officials will soon get their first look at a series of projects University of Oregon students have tackled as part of the school’s yearlong partnership with the city.

The Monday after Thanksgiving, classes taking part in the school’s Sustainable City Year Program will present their final presentations on various Redmond projects.

“It’s hard to believe but already we are at the end of our fall term project,” Heather Richards, the city’s community development coordinator, said Wednesday. “These presentations will serve as part of (the students’) finals for their class, and the format will be a bit more formal than the previous open houses associated with the project.”

In March, the university announced that Redmond had been chosen as the school’s latest partner for its Sustainable City Year Program, in which UO students and faculty from multiple disciplines of study tackle local projects.

The program gives students real-world experience and cities tens of thousands of work hours on various projects.

UO boasts that in a typical year more than 400 students from 30 different classes will work on approximately 20 projects in one city in the Sustainable City Year Program.

The university estimates that more than 40,000 student hours will be devoted to Redmond projects by the end of the school year. All but one of the final presentations will take place in Eugene.

“These presentations represent the ‘finals’ for many of the classes and the presentations are falling during (the students’) week of finals,” Richards said. “Scheduling a five-to-six hour round-trip to Redmond is not easy for them.”

Richards traveled to Eugene last week and reviewed several student projects on the U.S. 97 south corridor. She left impressed.

“There are many golden nuggets in each of the teams’ efforts,” she said about the graduate-level landscape architecture class she peeked in on. “With this program I have always advocated that the value of the program is in the new ideas and innovations that we would not have considered ourselves — the golden nuggets, so to speak.”

City staffers can adopt the students’ suggestions wholesale or pick and choose what they think would work best for Redmond. The city’s bicycle and pedestrian committee has already forwarded several ideas it received from UO students last spring to the City Council.

Different classes throughout the academic year will undertake different projects.

Redmond city officials expect students to also look at plans to help strengthen local businesses, the possibility of a large sports complex near the county fairgrounds and a study on how to attract businesses to Redmond’s medical district.

— Reporter: 541-617-7829,

beastes@bendbulletin.com

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