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Construction continues on new Knight science campus at UO

According to a university spokesperson, crews have finished the exterior of the connecting skybridge and are still working on the interior.

Posted: Sep 17, 2019 4:00 PM
Updated: Sep 17, 2019 6:20 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Construction continues for phase one of the University of Oregon's Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact.

According to a university spokesperson, the $225 million project is on schedule and on budget. Crews have finished the exterior of the skybridge that connects the new campus to an existing science building and are still working on the interior. 

With cutting-edge labs, the campus is expected to attract top researchers in scientific fields new to the UO, like bio-engineers, computational scientists and immunologists, university leaders said.

Peregrine Painter, a student researcher at the university, said the skybridge will not only make it convenient for staff and students but also help with their studies. 

"In the scientific community, it's frowned upon to bring lab materials that you might only have one copy of outside where they could get damaged or something, and the skybridge allows us to go between buildings and stuff like that," Painter said. 

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Meanwhile, crews are currently adding exterior glass to the new building and are working on a connector between the two towers that make up the new facility. 

Construction worker Josh Haine said the design for the 160,000-square-foot facility drew him to the project. 

"There is going to be a second layer of glass extending out about three more feet," Haine said. "It's just something unique and I haven't seen anything like of its kind and I'm excited to work on it."

Eastbound traffic on Franklin Boulevard between Onyx and Agate streets has been restored to three lanes. The sidewalk under the bridge on the south side of Franklin Boulevard has also reopened.

Westbound traffic on Franklin Boulevard between Onyx and Agate streets is expected to continue to be two lanes into the spring.

The project was made possible by a $500 million lead gift from Phil and Penny Knight.

The new facility is scheduled to open in the spring of 2020.

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