EUGENE, Ore. - Construction for a new state-of-the-art building at the University of Oregon is underway.
The $17 million project will house the two non-profit organizations, Oregon Research Institue and the Educational Policy Improvement Center.
They both have strong ties to the University, and the site of the 80,000 sq ft building is located south of the railroad tracks that runs through the Riverfront Research Park.
"This is for us a dream come true and the opportunity to get all of our offices spread all over Eugene into one spot in really a state-of-the-art building," said EPIC CEO Dave Conley.
It is the first construction project in 14 years at this site.
Most of the estimated 70,000 hours of construction will be done by subcontractors from the Eugene area and Willamette Valley.
The area between the tracks and the river front will remain undeveloped. Conley said the project is projected to be complete by the end of the year.