Phase 2 now underway at the Knight Campus
Phase 2 of the Knight Campus’ evolution of development is now underway with a continuation of the transformative, human-centered design of Phase 1 and an emphasis on advanced bioengineering, applied science training and new technologies.
Phase 2 will provide the latest tools for students and faculty to create and study cells and tissues, enabling new avenues in medical diagnostics and personalized medicine. It will double the campus’ capacity for research and development of new biomedical technologies with additional room for our expanding academic programs, spin spaces to incubate new startup companies and a state-of-the-art new core facility.
Phase 2 is made possible by a second $500 million gift from Penny and Phil Knight for the campus bearing their names. Additionally, the Oregon legislature has approved $10 million to support cutting-edge technologies in Knight Campus building 2, a 185,000-square-foot, multi-story bioengineering and applied science research facility located along Riverfront Research Parkway. State investment will support the build-out of a real-time, machine-learning fueled, integrated tissue characterization and bioprinting facility. In coordination with the Clean Room and the 3D Printing/Rapid Prototyping Fabrication facilities in Building 1, the development of this biocharacterization facility will support our aspiration to become a leader in scalable biotechnologies.
Leadership within Campus Planning and Facilities Management, the College of Design, and the Knight Campus are working closely to minimize and mitigate impacts of Phase 2 of the Knight Campus on the surrounding areas. This includes efforts to preserve as many trees as possible. The Knight Campus project team is working within the established, university-wide Campus Plan and Physical Framework Vision Project, which identifies open spaces and spaces designated for specific uses.