UWS Facilities Planning

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General FAQs

Why is UWS considering additional campus space?

UWS has been a leader for more than 114 years in the field of chiropractic education, and more recently in related health sciences education. This focus on providing the highest quality health care education has led to planned and steady growth. To accommodate these advancements and to sustain our excellence, we must create better facilities for our students and employees.

We recognize the need to create flexible classroom spaces that facilitate hands-on learning for on-campus students. There are also needs for more meeting and office space for both employees and students. The current campus is faced with significant infrastructure challenges, such as outdated electric system, aging heating and cooling systems, and deteriorating water pipes. In response, the university conducted an audit to review campus facilities needs and space options. Results from this audit, as well as feedback from our students and staff, made clear our need to address our current and future space needs. One of the options we are exploring is the possibility of acquiring additional campus space.

Why can’t we just improve our current campus space?

We have made improvements and additions to the current campus over the past several years, and we have also considered ways to expand and enhance the space. However, after consulting with architects, engineers and financers, our analysis shows that most of the buildings on our current campus are outdated to the point that the necessary improvements are likely cost-prohibitive.

Does this mean the university is moving? If so, how soon?

One potential option is to eventually relocate to a larger and more suitable location that could be more economical in both the short term and the long run. Any potential addition of space would only occur after substantial analysis and planning, which will take at least one to two years, if not longer. At this point, we are in the beginning stage of evaluation and planning. Listing the current campus to determine its market value is a first step to inform whether or not selling any of our existing campus space is a favorable option.

Real estate transactions of this size require many months, even years, of inspection, appraisal, planning and staging. With any change, the university will ensure continued operation of classes, clinics and business operations without disruption.

Where could the university potentially establish additional campus space?

The university board has asked the administration to consider space options within a 10-mile radius of the current Northeast Portland location, including Oregon and Washington. Educational programs will continue as currently outlined wherever the university establishes additional campus space.

What will the potential additional spaces be like?

The university is committed to creating practical, economical and sustainable solutions that will provide the best space for employees to work, and for students to learn and thrive.

How is the university going to keep us informed?

The planning process is just beginning and there will be numerous steps as we evaluate our options. We want to make sure our entire community is informed. We will provide timely information when available in a number of ways including:

  • A quarterly newsletter with update about this initiative will be sent. Employees have already been automatically signed-up, students as well as alumni and friends can sign-up on this webpage.
  • At least quarterly, we will provide updates at scheduled ASB meetings.
  • Alumni will be sent a facilities survey in order to gain their insight and feedback.
  • We will also be providing updates for employees at quarterly Community Meetings in order to give the most up-to-date information.
  • A facilities work group, convened by Dr. Sara Mathov, will include student and employee representation.
  • Please check this webpage for additional updates and news on the facilities planning process.

Improving our campus space is an exciting prospect and we invite everyone to be involved.

Sale of Campus and Relocation FAQS

Where is the new campus located?

We are excited to announce that we will be relocating to a space approximately three miles away from our current campus and is in an urban neighborhood called Madison South in northeast Portland. Our new location is served by a TriMet bus stop adjacent to the site and a MAX Light Rail Station within one-quarter mile. The campus is also on the Tillamook Neighborhood Greenway bike route. The new UWS campus borders the neighborhoods of Sumner, Roseway, Parkrose, Cully, Montavilla and Rose City. Some landmarks and attractions in the neighborhood include the Grotto, Rocky Butte Natural Area, Rose City Golf Course, and Madison High School.

What is the neighborhood like?

Madison South is a thriving and diverse neighborhood filled with parks, schools, homes and businesses. It is also a short MAX ride, bus ride or drive to downtown Portland, to a number of other vibrant Portland neighborhoods, and to all the restaurants, coffee shops, housing and other amenities in these neighborhoods. Our new campus is a 10-minute drive to the Portland International Airport, less-than-30-minute drive to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and just an hour-long drive to Mount Hood.

According to 2016 data reported by Portland Monthly, Madison South has a 61 percent home-ownership rate, and 85 percent of residents lived in the same home the prior year. The median age of residents is 37, and the median income is $53,734. This area has experienced a great deal of growth and has seen significant investments as a designated urban renewal area.

Who will be the new occupant of our current campus?

Carrying on the tradition of health sciences education, Linfield College will move its nursing program to the campus after UWS completes its relocation.

Will the new location have green space?

Our new campus has an expansive front lawn area with a fountain and reflection pool, providing students an opportunity to study, socialize, rest and relax in an outdoor setting. There are several parks adjacent to the new campus including Glenhaven Park, Montavilla Park, Hancock City Park, Rocky Butte Natural Area and the Gateway Green, 25 acres of open space newly developed into a world-class recreation destination.

The new campus space also has expanded indoor areas for students to study and socialize. The building will feature a contemporary interior with versatile and active learning classrooms, diverse study spaces, a dining area with an adjoining outside deck, and a well-designed workout facility. The entire campus is located in a secure site that is completely fenced and gated.

Will there be sufficient parking/public transportation options?

The new campus is readily accessible by car, public transportation and bike, and has more than 500 parking spaces including an underground parking lot. The university, in compliance with City of Portland regulations, will continue to charge nominal rates for parking. There is additional street parking around the new campus, and there are no neighborhood regulations that restrict street parking.

Our new campus is in walking distance to the 82nd Street MAX transit station. The university will continue to provide TriMet passes to students and full-time employees who wish to use public transit. The area is served by the 72 bus line, which runs about every 15 minutes most of the day, every day.

The new UWS campus is immediately adjacent to the east-west Tillamook Neighborhood Greenway bike route, which connects East Portland to neighborhoods in inner Portland.

Will the new space require renovation?

UWS will invest in renovations for the campus to fit the university’s current and future needs. Previously, the building served as a corporate headquarters focused on health care delivery, training, and administrative support. To transform the new campus into a vibrant educational space, the university has partnered with an architect and a space planning firm, both with significant higher education experience. As we create the design, university department representatives will be invited to provide input to plan functional spaces for specific areas, such as the anatomy lab, adjusting labs, library services and clinical care.

The new space will have classrooms designed for active and hands-on learning, ample library and study areas, work spaces created for employee and department needs, and locations for students and employees to socialize. The new campus will host an expanded and modernized clinic facility that will provide enhanced clinical experiences for patients, and the clinicians and interns who serve them.

Will students and employees have an opportunity to see the new space prior to relocating?

Yes, this new space is an exciting development and venture for the university, and we want to show it to the UWS community! We will be sending out communications regarding tour opportunities as they become available.

What is the transition plan for relocating students and employees to the new campus?

The university is strategically planning the relocation to integrate classes and departments into the new campus. As these transition plans are finalized, we will share them with employees and students and provide ample time for preparation.

When will the new campus be fully functional?

UWS will be fully relocated to the new campus by April 2020 at the latest. The target date will depend on a number of factors. Updates on the projected final date will be communicated to the campus community.

The new space is an increase in square footage, will we be using the whole space or sharing the new campus?

The new campus is a 150,000 square foot property. In the future, we may share some of the space with another entity that aligns with our mission and values. However, no decisions have been made at this time.

Will there be amenities such as a gym or dining area?

The new campus has a large exercise area with modern locker rooms and showers. There is a dining area with an adjoining outside deck area. Green space surrounds a fountain and reflection pool. Neighborhood parks and trails are accessible for recreation and sports.

What will the space be like?

UWS is excited to create this new campus. Main goals for the new campus include:

  • Consolidating all employees and students in a single building.
  • Expanding active learning spaces for students.
  • Providing modern and collaborative work spaces for employees.
  • Enhancing opportunities for departmental and programmatic collaboration.
  • Creating a healthy and sustainable campus for years to come.
  • Investing in a 21st century technology infrastructure that helps support our growing online student population as well as our on-campus students.

What will the classrooms be like?

This move will provide students with versatile classroom spaces for expanded active learning options. As education becomes more dynamic, UWS students will enjoy up-to-date facilities as we create classrooms for the future.

What will happen with the clinic system?

The new campus clinic facility will provide increased access for patients due to enhanced community visibility, proximity to public transportation and an overall improved location. The university is establishing community partnerships in the area to attract a broad and diverse patient base.

This move presents UWS with a unique opportunity to engage as a vital member of the neighborhood, and to further enhance our clinic settings as we serve the community. We are surveying neighborhood stakeholders to determine how we can best support our new neighbors and community.

Will the campus be safe and secure?

Yes, the campus has a fenced and gated campus with a central building entrance. A reception desk will manage access, and entrances are key-card-access controlled. There is secure underground parking and security cameras that monitor the entire perimeter of the building.

Alumni and Donor Questions:

I have great memories on the UWS campus. Can I come visit?

Yes! Contact the alumni office at [email protected] to connect with us next time you’re in Portland.

I previously donated to specific university projects. What will happen to my donation?

Thank you for your support! Key university facilities will be replicated on the new campus. Your gift will continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of students, and recognition for your gift will remain unchanged.

Online Student Questions

How will the campus relocation impact my online education?

We are strategically and thoughtfully planning this relocation to ensure your educational experience is not interrupted or adversely impacted. There should be no disruption to your online courses or communication with your instructors. With this relocation, we will be improving our technological infrastructure in order to better serve our online students.

Will the campus relocation impact access to my instructors?

The relocation will not interrupt your access to your instructors. You will continue to have a highly-engaged and interactive experience with your instructors.

Can I come and visit campus?

Yes, we love to have our online students come and visit campus. If you are interested in coming and getting a tour of the new space after we have moved in, please contact [email protected].

Anatomy Lab

Will there be an anatomy lab at the new campus location?

The initial construction plans for the new space included the addition of an on-site anatomy facility. Through further discovery during the planning and design process, the university identified that the construction of the anatomy facility would require significant changes in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as significant changes necessary to reinforce the structural integrity of the building. These construction costs were estimated at $1.5 – 2 million. In addition to the unanticipated challenges with the construction of an anatomy lab at the new campus, the chiropractic program is also undergoing a curriculum review. The review could potentially impact how, when, and where students receive anatomy instruction. To be the best stewards of university resources, the university felt it was best to wait until the curriculum review is complete before making long-term decisions regarding the development and design of our anatomy facility.

How will this impact the student anatomy lab experience?

The UWS doctor of chiropractic program is currently going through a curriculum review. Through the findings of this review, the anatomy experience will be designed and implemented to align with the future needs of chiropractic physicians. These potential changes in curriculum will not impact current students or prospective students that will entering the chiropractic program in the next academic year. Current students will not be impacted by this change. Incoming students will have access to the state-of-the-art anatomy facility at the Russell Neighborhood campus. Anatomy lectures and labs will be scheduled in a way that students will have ample time to travel from the new campus to our Russell Neighborhood campus.

What will the university do with the space designated for the lab in the interim?

The space will be turned into additional classrooms and study space for students.

What are some of the benefits of a long-term lease of the anatomy lab with Linfield College?

In collaboration with Linfield College, UWS chiropractic students and Linfield nursing students would have the opportunity for interprofessional training and education, aligning with the UWS value of integrated, evidence-informed curricula grounded in our dedication to current research and practices. UWS will also be able to continue to train chiropractic students in the state-of-the-art anatomy facility that UWS faculty uniquely designed to meet the educational needs of chiropractic physicians.

What are the university’s future plans for anatomy?

We will take the time necessary to study what is needed to provide robust anatomy instruction to DC students that best prepares them for clinical practice.


Workgroup Charter

The facilities planning committee is advisory to the president. The committee develops recommendations for university space (i.e. classrooms, study space, office space, conference rooms, etc.) consistent with the university mission and strategic plans, and taking into consideration enrollment projections, trends in higher education, and institutional sustainability.

The committee:

  • gathers stakeholder input from students, employees, alumni, board, and other interested parties; and
  • represents the needs of stakeholders in the planning of university space.

The committee meets periodically as needed.

Contact Us

For any questions specific to this project, please contact [email protected].