August 2017 Around Town

OSU-Cascades Receives Gifts for Campus Expansion

Oregon State University – Cascades received a $500,000 gift from the Bend Foundation and a $75,000 gift from Brooks Resources Corporation toward its next academic building. The future building will include classrooms and laboratories, and focus on the STEAM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

The generous donations increase the total funds raised for OSU-Cascades’ capital expansion to $6.9 million. The Oregon State Legislature requires a $10 million philanthropic match for the campus’s $69.5 million capital request. Other donations toward the expansion include a $5 million gift from an anonymous donor and a $1 million gift from the Tykeson Family Foundation. Alongside the commitment of state funding, the donations will be applied to construction costs for the new academic building.

The Bend Foundation has a 70-year legacy of supporting the Central Oregon community and improving the livability of Bend and Central Oregon. The Foundation was established by Brooks-Scanlon, Inc., shareholders of Brooks-Scanlon, and Brooks Resources.

Bend BikeShare Program Expands

The Bend-based Zagster bike share program has expanded to four locations thanks to local digital marketing company G5, sponsor of the most recent station. The new location stands at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Bond Street in Downtown Bend. The other locations are at Oregon State University – Cascades campus, the Old Mill District, and Crux Fermentation Project.

OSU-Cascades and Zagster—with help from local non-profit Commute Options—launched a bike-share program with 30 bikes at three stations on and near the OSU-Cascades campus in September 2016. The program provides students and university employees a convenient, affordable and healthy way to get around town.

By expanding the program to the public, the OSU-Cascades bike share program promises to ease commutes, but it also unlocks vast recreational opportunities for exercise and fun.

Members of the public can join the program by signing up for annual, monthly or hourly memberships. Annual members, who must be 18 or older, get the first two hours of every ride free and pay $3 per hour for additional time. Hourly members pay $3 per hour.

DIYcave Makerspace Opens
9th Street Village

The partners behind the DIYcave Makerspace have expanded their Southeast Bend site to include the new 9th Street Village. The 9th Street Village is home to a diverse collection of businesses owned and operated by artisans, makers, crafters, and creatives, supported by on-site galleries and workspaces open to the public. At its essence, 9th Street Village is creating community which inspires collaboration between Central Oregon’s finest makers, artisans and designers all in one central location.

Anchoring the new space is the collective Stuart’s of Bend, including Kate Kerrigan, Mosaics, Lotus Naturals, Bekah Badilla, Of Mice and Mischief, Etch ‘n’ Cut, Alex Borgen, Julie Blackman, and Bright Place Gallery. Inside Griffin Hall lies holistic health practitioner Image of Health, LLC, the Children’s Museum home office, and fiber artist Handstitch Studio. Also occupying the village are Benjamin Edwards photography and Paul Powers of WK Studios.