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Pacific University Hillsboro campus

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Learn about Pacific University’s College of Health Professions and College of Optometry campus in Hillsboro.

Pacific university Hillsboro Campus222 SE Eighth Ave.
Hillsboro, Ore.
located in the Hillsboro Regional Center
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In 2005, Forest Grove based Pacific University dramatically expanded its 55-acre campus into the neighboring city of Hillsboro. The project is located within the Hillsboro Regional Center. The new Hillsboro campus houses Pacific University’s College of Health Professions and College of Optometry. It is adjacent to the Tuality Healthcare Hillsboro Campus (anchored by Tuality Community Hospital), and the MAX Light Rail Line. Phase I of the project includes 104,000 square feet of space in a five-story building, including ground floor retail that is open to the public.

The decision to locate Pacific University’s new Health Professions Campus adjacent to Tuality Community Hospital and the MAX light rail was a strategic move. Partnerships with the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, the City of Hillsboro, Washington County, TriMet, Metro and the Hillsboro School District facilitated the process. Tuality Community Hospital was a key facilitator as well, and will continue to be a partner as the Health Professions Campus is further developed.

Pacific University also partnered closely with other organizations such as the Hillsboro Chamber and the City of Hillsboro to provide rental housing along the light rail for use by Pacific University. By providing this amenity to students, Pacific is encouraging use of transit by students thereby decreasing the traffic and parking burden to downtown Hillsboro. The City continues to facilitate business and community relationships with the University, devising new neighborhood parking strategies and offering meeting spaces.

Pacific University Hillsboro campus slide show


Project highlights

  • LEED Silver certification, U.S. Green Building Council (application pending)
  • continued commitment to programming by the University to educate students about living and travel options near MAX light rail

Tools used

  • State of Oregon vertical housing program
  • Metro Transit-Oriented Development Program, transit-oriented development easement

For more information on these and other tools, see the Community Investment Toolkit.

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