This first phase of innovation district development is the next step in the Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) for the OSU-Cascades Campus. This will include the transformation of approximately eight acres of the construction and demolition landfill property into a valuable community and university asset. The waste will be safely removed from the landfill, sorted into reusable soil and waste, which will subsequently be used as backfill allowing the build-out of recreation fields and further bring up the elevation of the bottom of the pumice mine. The bottom of the newly-created hole will be brought up to its permanent elevation by harvesting native soils from the east portion of the campus. All of this will be completed within the current campus boundaries and will change a blighted lot into an open public space.
Finally, infrastructure including water, sewer, electric, roads and conduit for future broadband will be installed. The development will also support the OSU-Cascades Net Zero Water and Energy goals. The installation of a water line will support a future water reclamation facility that will provide recycled water for irrigation and flush toilets in the future. Similarly, heating and cooling lines and a second geo-exchange well will be installed, connecting the Innovation District to the first central heating node, which was built in coordination with Edward J. Ray Hall.