UWS Facilities Planning


Our new address is:
8000 NE Tillamook Street – Portland, Oregon 97213

TILLAMOOK CAMPUS BUILDING HOURS

  • March 25, 2020 – April 5, 2020: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday
  • April 6, 2020 – April 28, 2020: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday
  • Beyond April 28, 2020:  7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday – Friday, unless notified otherwise

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, campus information, course schedules and building hours and offering may be adjusted. Please visit the coronavirus resource webpage for up-to-date information.


UWS is excited for our new campus and all that it will provide for our community. Main goals for the new campus include:

  • Bringing all employees and students together in a single building.
  • Expanding active learning spaces for students.
  • Providing modern and collaborative workspaces 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.

Student Experience FAQs



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, campus information, course schedules and building hours and offering may be adjusted. Please visit the coronavirus resource webpage for up-to-date information.

Will there be enough parking?

The new UWS campus has the same number of parking spaces as on the current campus. The new campus originally had approximately 45 more spaces, but as a part of the permitting process, the City of Portland required us to plant more trees in the parking lot causing us to lose these additional spots.

Access to TriMet at our new campus is significantly better at the Tillamook campus. We encourage students to take advantage of this access to be environmentally friendly and ease traffic congestion. We will monitor parking and transportation management closely once we are in the new campus.

What are the storage options for student belongings?

There are more than 200 cubbies spread throughout campus. There are 72 day-use lockers in each of the locker rooms in the fitness center for students and staff using the gym. You will need to provide your own lock. Clinic interns will have 86 lockers in the intern work area. From a security standpoint, best practice is to keep your items with you. As we move into the new space, we will be gathering feedback on how students use the storage and will make adjustments if necessary.

How will student clubs reserve rooms for club meetings and speakers?

Students should expect the same process for reserving rooms for either club meetings or special events at the new campus.    

  • It is best if students request rooms as soon as possible, preferably two weeks in advance. 
    • The room request form has been updated with the new campus rooms and includes a matrix of space capacities.  
    • You can indicate “unknown” and the scheduling and event coordinator will assign a room for you that matches your needs.  
    • You can find the updated list of club meetings in the sidebar in the Weekly Vitals.

Will there be gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes, gender-neutral restrooms are available at our new campus. One is near the front entrance of the building as you turn left toward the clinic. There are three additional gender-neutral restrooms located in the back of the clinic, and one on the north end of the building, near the commons.

Will transportation to the old campus for anatomy classes be provided?

UWS will not be providing a shuttle to the new campus for anatomy classes, but there will be 60 parking spaces on our current campus that Linfield University will designate for UWS students taking courses in the anatomy lab. Classes will also be scheduled so that students have ample commute time between locations.

What will the adjusting lab experience be like?

The move provided the opportunity to improve the student lab experience. The new adjusting lab is a large room with capacity for 100 students. It can be divided into smaller rooms when needed. When the room is being used for the larger capacity it will be staffed with multiple faculty and teaching assistants. Some of the features of the new lab set-up include:

  • The ratio of students-to-faculty will be consistent with the ration in the current adjusting lab. 
  • The experience will be enhanced by the team teaching of the faculty, increasing consistency of instruction. 
  • Having a larger population of students to practice on under supervision provides an increased opportunity to improve student skills. 
  • There will be more consistency of TAs, which will help in a consistency of teaching and training.
  • Instructors will have microphones to ensure students hear instructions and there will be four projects and four plasma TVs in the large classroom. 
  • If students encounter barriers to their learning, they may contact the office of student services to discuss strategies and services. Students with documented qualifying conditions may be eligible for accommodations to reduce learning barriers.

Open House - August 22, 2020

Join us for an open house to celebrate our new location on August 22, 2020. Check back for more details. While we can’t wait for you to see our new campus we are monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak closely to determine the best time for this event.

Employee Move Information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, campus information, course schedules and building hours and offering may be adjusted. Please visit the coronavirus resource webpage for up-to-date information.

Please familiarize yourself with the new campus information.

Student Information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, campus information, course schedules and building hours and offering may be adjusted. Please visit the coronavirus resource webpage for up-to-date information.

The campus will be completely moved to 8000 NE Tillamook St., Portland, Oregon by April 1, 2020.

Please familiarize yourself with the new campus information.

General Relocation FAQS

Read the full press release regarding the move.

Where is the new campus located?

We are 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.

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.

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 workspaces 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 are some highlights of the new building?

  • Four traditional lecture classrooms (one of which can be divided into two smaller classrooms).
  • Three multi-purpose classrooms to allow hands-on practice and learning.
  • Four technique labs.
  • Specialty classrooms including a science lab, a computer lab and a radiographic technique lab.
  • All classrooms will have flexible furniture so that the space can be changed in the future as needed.
  • There will be at least six dedicated private study rooms as well as increased space for both quiet and group study options:
    • 1,800 square feet of dedicated and closed off quiet study space.
    • 2,700 square feet of group study space in the student commons (compared to 900 square feet currently).
    • Roughly 3,600 square feet of study space in the new library, (compared to roughly 2,700 square feet of study space in the current library).
  • The new exercise area is roughly 4,000 square feet, (compared to 1,800 square feet in the current exercise area).

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

The new campus has a large fitness center 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 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.

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 fitness 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 a street level and 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.

What’s happening with the clinic
?

The clinic facility located at the Tillamook campus will provide increased access for patients due to its enhanced community visibility, proximity to public transportation and 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 and our student clinical experience 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.

Will there be updates to the library?

The library has secured a reciprocal use agreement with Multnomah University. This agreement means that students from either institution can check out materials from the other library, and that students from either institution are welcomed as on-campus library users.

Alumni and Donor Questions:

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

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! Your gift was a critical part of helping the university on the former campus succeed and will remain with the former campus. There are now new opportunities to contribute to our new space – check out our naming opportunities page or don’t hesitate to contact our director of donor relations, Amy Lodholz.

Online Student Questions

Does the campus relocation impact my online education in any way?

We are strategically and thoughtfully planning this relocation to ensure our students’ educational experience and their teaching environment is enhanced. There should be no disruption to online courses or communication with instructors. With this relocation, we will be improving the technological infrastructure in order to better serve all of our on-campus and online students.

Can I come and visit campus?

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

Anatomy Lab

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, campus information, course schedules and building hours and offering may be adjusted. Please visit the coronavirus resource webpage for up-to-date information.

The university remains committed to providing comprehensive anatomy instruction. UWS is collaborating with Linfield College (who will be taking over the current campus in May 2020) for continued access to, and use of, the anatomical sciences laboratory. Anatomy courses will be scheduled in a manner that will provide students and faculty ample time to travel between the new campus and the anatomical sciences lab, approximately 10-minute drive.

  • Anatomy lab update as of October 2019:

UWS has reached an agreement with Linfield College to continue use of the Anatomical Sciences Building starting May 1, 2020 through April 30, 2022. The agreement includes the use of the lobby, dissection laboratory, morgue, instructor workstation, changing rooms, restrooms and designated faculty office space.

The building spaces will be available to UWS Monday through Friday from 1 to 8 p.m. throughout the academic year. UWS faculty members will have access to the morgue and faculty office space Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., for preparation time during academic terms.

Sixty parking spots will be marked and designated for UWS employees and students.

UWS students and faculty members will have study access to the Linfield College library, without library material check-out privileges, once Linfield College moves in.

UWS will monitor and assess the agreement with Linfield College to ensure that it meets our needs in providing high-quality anatomical learning experiences for our students.

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 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.

Interdisciplinary Clinic FAQs

Why is UWS partnering with Dr. Moreau to open and operate an interdisciplinary clinic?
With the construction of our new campus, we have the opportunity to innovate and transform our patient care and student experience. The new interdisciplinary clinic will innovatively address limitations identified through extensive review of the current clinic system.

What will the student experience be in the interdisciplinary clinic?

Students will have the opportunity to observe and engage first-hand in a world-class integrated clinic. In addition to chiropractic physicians, students will work side-by-side with other health care professionals including physical therapists, athletic trainers, acupuncturists and a variety of other providers to deliver optimal care to each patient, getting real-world experience on an integrated health team.

In addition to clinical care, students will observe and participate in highly-effective business protocols and practices that will financially sustain and advance the new clinic. Experience with these business procedures will prepare students for their professional careers after graduation.

Are the new interdisciplinary clinic and the Campus Health Center going to be in competition?

The campus health center currently serves as a training center for chiropractic interns to develop clinical competencies and gain valuable experience in managing patient health care. As the interdisciplinary clinic becomes fully operational, the current campus clinic will transition to focus solely on the elements of student education necessary prior to student entry into a CBI or other clinical rotation. Once the transition is complete, the CHC will primarily focus on treating students, faculty, staff and their families.

The interdisciplinary clinic will focus on providing high-quality integrated, team-based health care to the Portland-metro community. This new clinic will function as a commercial business enterprise separate from the current operations of the university; however, will provide an external revenue source for the institution. The interdisciplinary clinic will serve as a CBI for senior chiropractic interns (Q10 and above). These interns will have the opportunity to participate in the interdisciplinary clinic by observing and providing services, further enhancing their education and training in the latter part of their program.

The new clinic will provide care for all populations and have a sports medicine emphasis. Patients will be identified through specific contracts with employers, third-party payers, coordinated care organizations, and other entities to provide interdisciplinary team-based care which will attract patients not currently served by UWS clinics.

Where will the new interdisciplinary clinic be located?
The entire clinic space at the new campus is 17,000 square feet, as compared to 8,700 square feet in the existing campus health center, and will be shared between the campus health clinic and the new interdisciplinary integrated clinic. The campus health center will serve as an academic training clinic and will utilize the treatment rooms near the reception area, and the integrated clinic will occupy the adjacent space. The rehabilitation room and other common spaces will be shared.

How is the new interdisciplinary clinic going to align with the university’s academic programs and current clinics?

The new clinic, located on the new UWS campus on Tillamook Street, will serve as a large-capacity community-based internship (CBI) opportunity for UWS students. It will engage a larger number of chiropractic senior interns (e.g. Q10 and Q11) than other CBI locations within the Portland area.

The long term vision of this new clinic is to allow lower quarter students to participate in observations, exposing them to clinical practice prior to their entry into the clinical internship phase of the doctor of chiropractic program, while still seeing patients within the campus health center which will serve as an academic training clinic.

Will programs in the college of graduate studies have opportunities to participate in the new clinic experience?

The new multi-faceted, interdisciplinary clinic is designed to enhance interprofessional experiences with the inclusion of clinical mental health professionals, physical therapists, nutrition experts, performance enhancement experts and more. This will create opportunities for students in UWS graduate programs to participate in rotations, both observational and active, within their chosen field of study.

Why are we doing this and why now?

Through this new model, we will significantly enhance our mission, to advance the science and art of integrated health care through excellence in education and patient care. Survey results and other feedback received from students, alumni and faculty, and confirmed by data collected through an independent consultant audit have identified various challenges in our current clinic system. As we transition to our new campus, this venture presents an ideal opportunity to enhance our clinical training experiences for students and to develop additional sources of revenue for the university.

General Clinic FAQs

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, campus information, course schedules and building hours and offering may be adjusted. Please visit the coronavirus resource webpage for up-to-date information.

What’s a CBI? How is it used?

The University of Western States (UWS) community based internship (CBI) program is a form of preceptorship and enhances the clinical training of 10th and 11th quarter chiropractic interns who meet stringent competency requirements and applicable eligibility requirements to continue their training in an approved, private chiropractic practice in our community. Interns engage in a wide range of practice activities under the mentorship of a field-based chiropractic physician to gain valuable real-world experience and insights relative to chiropractic practice. This component of the UWS curriculum is designed and implemented to support the mission, goals and objectives of UWS to provide a mechanism to further assure competency in the cognitive and psychomotor domains of chiropractic interns and to enhance the preparation of students for the transition from the rigors of academic life to those of a private practitioner.

What’s going to happen to East Portland Health Center?

The East Portland Health Center will be combined with the campus health center when it moves to the Tillamook campus in April 2020.

New Campus: 8000 NE Tillamook Street  |  Relocation April 2020

Highlights of our new campus include:

  • Four traditional lecture classrooms (one of which can be divided into two smaller classrooms).
  • Three multi-purpose classrooms to allow hands-on practice and active learning.
  • Four technique labs.
  • Specialty classrooms including a science lab, a computer lab and a radiographic technique lab.
  • Flexible furniture in classrooms so that the space can be changed in the future as needed.
  • An exercise area that is roughly 4,000 square feet, (compared to 1,800 square feet in the current exercise area).
  • At least six dedicated private study rooms as well as increased space for both quiet and group study options:
    • 1,800 square feet of dedicated and closed off quiet study space.
    • 2,700 square feet of group study space in the student commons (compared to 900 square feet currently).
    • Roughly 3,600 square feet of study space in the new library, (compared to roughly 2,700 square feet of study space in the current library).
  • A modern health care facility designed to fulfill patient needs and provide exceptional opportunities for clinical training.
  • The new campus is in a more prominent location, closer to public transportation options, allowing for the university to more easily serve its’ new neighborhood and the Portland community.

Map of New Campus

Naming Opportunities

Take the Lead and leave your legacy. The new campus will be an expression of shared values, a symbol of bold leadership and proof of the growing demand for evidence-informed, integrated, whole-person health care. Make your personal mark on this momentous step in the university’s journey by making a gift to name a room or space within the new campus.

Check out our naming opportunities page or don’t hesitate to contact our director of donor relations, Amy Lodholz.

 

Workgroup

Workgroup Charter

The facilities planning workgroup is advisory to the president. They develop 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].