My wife, Tina, and I arrived on campus just in time to embrace the beautiful late summer in Oregon. Our time here has been nothing but a pleasure. We’ve been welcomed with open arms in most every interaction we’ve had.
To join the University of Oregon now, when the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is moving full steam ahead through its formative stages, is, in a word, exhilarating.
As I write, crews are preparing the building site for the Phil and Penny Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. While the signs of construction may be the most outwardly obvious signs of progress, we’re making strides in a number of other areas.
It is hard to believe that it has been nearly a year since we launched the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. With the hard work of many on campus, I am pleased to say that visions — both of the campus and its programming — are rapidly turning into realities.
We have had an engaging three months with bi-monthly, multiple day marathon sessions with our terrific architecture and design team and the faculty-led building user group. Through this process, we have brought together a tremendous variety of UO stakeholders, usually organized into focus groups geared toward issues ranging from sustainable building practices, loading docks and alternative transportation needs to core research facilities and innovation spaces. We have just completed our conceptual design phase, which means we have a good idea of how the building will fit on our available site, as well as general agreement on the activities that will be able to be accommodated within these research-intensive buildings.
The exhilaration of announcing the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact will not soon fade. As many said at the time, it marks a historic and transformative leap for the University of Oregon. Now that we’ve announced the gift, the hard work of turning an idea into reality is just beginning.
Welcome to the new Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. Thanks to the unprecedented generosity of Phil and Penny Knight, we are embarking on what promises to be one of the most exciting things to happen to the University of Oregon since its founding. The Knight Campus builds on a 60-year history of collaboration and interdisciplinary research at the UO by bringing entirely new kinds of scientists to campus to help spur innovation and provide unique research, training, and educational opportunities for our students.