Strand Agriculture Hall, one of the oldest buildings on the Oregon State University campus, celebrated its reopening in late October after a two-year, $24.9 million renovation to improve accessibility and make seismic and energy upgrades.
The 115,000 square-foot, four-story building was constructed in three phases from 1909 to 1913. At the time, it was the largest building on campus and the tallest in Corvallis. While Strand has housed many departments over the years, it has always been a home for agriculture.
“It’s a thrill to see this building restored and renewed far beyond its former glory,” says College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Dan Arp. “Strand Ag Hall is now an open, accessible space. It’s a seismically safe place. And it’s a beautiful space to invite people to explore agricultural sciences.”
The upgrades have transformed Strand from one of the least accessible buildings on campus to one of the most accessible. Upgrades include an elevator that reaches the fourth floor, fully accessible restrooms and signage. Architects included shallow walkways on exterior and interior ramps, as well as a porch and ramps on a covered entry that faces the Memorial Union.
Seismic upgrades include brick masonry walls reinforced with steel bars and shortcrete, a construction technique designed to stabilize the building’s exterior in an earthquake.