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December 17, 2013

Campus design puzzle: Is it a pit or a ‘canyon'?

  • A mine pit in Bend could be refilled for building Oregon's new university, but leaving the hole offers some intriguing opportunities.
  • BEND, Ore. (AP) — The designers of a campus for a new Oregon university in Bend face a gaping challenge: Much of the site they're dealing with consists of a pumice mine, 30 to 80 feet deep. What to do with that?

    They could refill the pit and build atop. But the favored idea is to call the pit a “canyon” and lay out the academic buildings on its floor.

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