New student building on OSU campus celebrates grand opening


The new Student Experience Center has some of the most dramatic architecture on campus. (photo: Theresa Hogue)

A grand-opening celebration for Oregon State University’s new Student Experience Center, known as the SEC, will take place April 24-25 with a series of events for the campus and Corvallis community.

The Student Experience Center was built as a central campus location focused on student life and learning outside of the classroom.  It includes meeting and event space and provides offices for many Student Affairs units, including the Associated Students of OSU, Student Leadership and Involvement, Diversity and Cultural Engagement, the Craft Center, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Orange Media Network and more.

The celebration starts Friday, April 24, with an open house from 2-5 p.m. that includes presentations and recognitions from 2 to 3:30 p.m. It continues Saturday, April 25, with a carnival from noon to 9 p.m., an open house from noon to 5 p.m., and a “Best of OSU” concert series from 5 to 9 p.m.

Construction on the four-story, 87,900-square-foot project began in summer of 2013 and was paid for in part by student fees. It includes an 8,000-square-foot plaza connecting it to the Memorial Union, and is covered by a glass canopy so outdoor events can be held there rain or shine.

The building also utilizes a number of sustainable strategies in its design including energy-efficient lighting, passive/natural ventilation, low impact landscaping, and highly efficient mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems. A living green wall and a garden with edibles including fruit trees are also in the works.

Artful ceiling in the SEC.

Artful ceiling in the SEC.

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