December 2022 - Activation Teams

Here's a brief update on the work of the Activation Teams

Building Systems and Facilities Management:
Four major renovation projects have been initiated, with architecture firms under contract for each. The user groups are starting to meet to begin conceptual designs for transiting to the new campus. Howard S. Wright will serve as the construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC) for all the projects to coordinate and promote efficiencies. In addition, there are four to five minor projects, including vine removal, network fiber installation, signage, etc. that will begin in the new year.  

Information Technology:
IT has purchased 20,000 feet of single mode fiber in two spools measuring approximately 4’ x 5’ and weighing 2,000 pounds each. The spools will be delivered in the next couple of weeks so that we can begin updating the backbone network infrastructure on the new campus. The team is also working on a classroom AV and refresh schedule to propose to university leadership.  

First floor shelves are nearly cleared out. The team has moved approximately 20,000 items, primarily loose or bound journals and older textbooks in two large recycling shipments. They are beginning to box their first shipment to Better World Books in 240 boxes delivered in late November.

Housing and Dining:
The activation team is finalizing the position description for the first director of University Housing for UO Portland.  This position will be essential to managing a residential community on our new campus. The team is also working to finalize and publish the proposed new UO Portland housing rates and housing application/reservation process during winter term.   

The RFQ for the café located in the Library and Learning Center opened on Dec. 1. Proposals are due from interested vendors by Jan. 20. The team is now working on an RFQ for interested food trucks to serve on campus.  

Safety and Risk Services:
The team is developing a staffing plan for Campus Safety and hopes to hire two new community service officers (CSOs) in 2023. Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is visiting campus frequently to complete their assessment of the campus infrastructure and the UO property insurer conducted a sight visit. 

Student Support:
The activation team is currently assessing a variety of student support needs (advising, financial aid, ID card services, health services, etc.) to develop a preliminary four-year operational scaling plan. This information will support decision making about staffing, student fees, and support delivery (on-site/virtual/hybrid) at the new campus. 

Advancement/ Community Engagement/ Communications:
The team is working on our second community event, scheduled for Jan. 14, 10 a.m. to noon in the Learning and Events Center. The first event was a great success with nearly 100 attendees from the surrounding neighborhood. The January event will be another opportunity to update the community about the construction projects beginning in the new year.  

The team is also working with University Communications to develop a plan for rebranding the new campus, including exterior signage and banners to replace the many blue “Concordia” flags running the perimeter of campus.