Oregon State University is working to address its deferred maintenance backlog and capital renewal needs. Below is a list of capital renewal initiatives for which we received $24 million in state funding in May 2017. Each initiative consists of a list of projects and their approximate cost. The capital renewal projects were prioritized using the following criteria:

  1. Is this project critical for the building to operate and for people to have access?
  2. Will this project contribute to student, faculty and staff success?
  3. Are there other matching funds available for this project?

The university's capital renewal needs and strategic solutions are outlined in a set of FAQs and a more comprehensive memo.

Capital Renewal Portfolio - 2015-2017

Improving Building Systems - $8.6 million
  • Roof replacement and/or repairs on Agricultural & Life Sciences Building and Burt (North), Richardson, Bates, Snell and Cordley Halls ($4.3 million)
  • Elevators in Kerr Administration Building and Nash and Owens Halls ($860K)
  • Freight elevators in Weniger and Nash Halls ($900K)
  • Windows replacement and/or repair in Cordley Hall ($1.5 million)
  • Heckart Lodge renovation ($1 million)


Improving Utilities and Site Work - $3.4 million
  • Steam distribution and utility tunnel improvements/upgrade ($945K)
  • Campus-wide infrastructure improvements ($1K)
  • Standby power program ($1 million)
  • Storm utility improvements at 30th Street and Western Way ($275K)
  • Street improvement program ($600K)
  • Campus lighting safety improvements ($600K)


Improving Campus Access - $1.6 million
  • Building access improvements in Snell, Bexell, and Graf Halls and Gilbert Hall 124/224 Classrooms ($1.1 million)
  • General campus access improvements ($500K)
Improving Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Systems - $1.3 million
  • Air compressor repair and reverse osmosis water purification systems upgrade in Agricultural & Life Sciences Building ($100K)
  • Unity HVAC control unit for Pharmacy and Burt, Wilkinson and Cordley Halls ($499K)
  • Reverse osmosis water purification systems replacement in Burt Hall and Pharmacy ($51K)
  • Cooling tower repair in Withycombe Hall ($360K)
  • Replaced rooftop HVAC units in Jefferson Street Building ($287K)
  • Flooring in Oak Creek West ($7K)


Improving Fire and Life Safety Systems - $2 million
  • Exhaust upgrade in Agricultural & Life Sciences Building ($5K)
  • Exterior fire escape upgrades for Benton Hall, Autzen House and Pharmacy ($75K)
  • Fire sprinklers in Merryfield Hall ($100K)
  • Fire alarm in Snell Hall ($2K)
  • ASMC campus safety data head end ($1 million)
  • Tanks safety in Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center ($820K)


Renewing our Classrooms, Units or Programs - $6.5 million
  • Classroom, access and hallways improvement for Gilbert Hall 124/224 Classrooms, Gilbert Hall Addition Teaching Lab and Graf Hall ($6.1 million)
  • Infrastructure and renewal improvements for Hatfield Marine Science Center ($416K)