George Fox University embarks on construction projects to accommodate growth

May 22nd, 2015

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School is in process of building a new residence hall, dining hall and bridge in preparation for another large incoming class

Construction of Brandt Hall began in December and is expected to be completed by the time students return to campus in late August.

Construction of Brandt Hall began in December and is expected to be completed by the time students return to campus in late August.

NEWBERG, Ore. – To accommodate its growing enrollment, George Fox University is constructing a new dining hall, residence hall and bridge this summer in advance of another large incoming class in the fall.

The Newberg, Ore., university has experienced record growth in recent years, eclipsing the 3,700 enrollment mark for the first time in its history in 2013 and surging to 3,793 students – 2,219 of whom were traditional undergraduates – last fall. This year, another 600-plus freshmen – among the largest incoming classes on record – are expected, and enrollment could very well top 3,800.

In response, the school began constructing the three-story, 146-bed Brandt Residence Hall, located between East North and Fulton streets on the northeast section of campus, last December. The facility will feature study rooms on the wing of every floor and rooms that can accommodate two or three students each. It will be completed by August of 2015 at a total cost of about $7 million.

“Building it will allow us to keep more of our undergraduates, primarily sophomores, on campus rather than assigning them to off-campus housing,” George Fox President Robin Baker said. “In doing so, we feel we’re providing more opportunities for first- and second-year students to more fully engage in on-campus events and activities.”

The residence hall is named in honor of former President Dave Brandt, who served at George Fox from 1998 to 2007.

The as-yet-unnamed dining hall will seat about 900 between the dining hall, a coffee shop and meeting rooms.

The as-yet-unnamed dining hall will seat about 900 between the dining hall, a coffee shop and meeting rooms.

In addition, George Fox is moving forward with plans for a new dining hall bordering the east side of Hess Creek Canyon. The 30,000-square-foot, as-yet-unnamed facility will seat about 900 between the dining hall, a coffee shop and meeting rooms. Plans call to have the dining area, which will seat about 550 patrons, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Construction begins this summer and will be completed by the summer of 2016.

To better connect the new residence hall and dining area with the west side of campus – home to the school’s “academic quad” – a bridge designed for foot and bike traffic is being constructed over Hess Creek Canyon. The 220-foot structure will be 12 feet wide and land just to the north of Edwards Hall on its west end and at the foot of the new dining hall on its east end. Installation began in May of 2015, with completion scheduled for the middle of August.

The total cost of the bridge and dining hall, including equipment and furnishings, is about $10.5 million. The school is conducting a capital campaign to help cover the cost of the projects.

The construction of a new dining hall will allow the university to repurpose its current dining facility, Klages Dining Room, for academic space. And in the near future, the school has plans to build a new student activity center – featuring a “field house” design with basketball courts, a walking track, fitness center and spaces for student government and clubs to meet – by the summer of 2017.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university. More than 3,700 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.

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Ted Allen
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
George Fox University
503-554-2161

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