Providing Wellness for All

Health Center

Oregon State University

The new outpatient clinic will provide year-round health and wellness services including primary care, counseling, and laboratory services. OSU is also leasing a portion of the building to community health partner, Samaritan Health Services, which will offer primary care and urgent care services to faculty, staff, and the broader Corvallis community. Located on the southeast corner of Reser Stadium, the four-story, 25,000 square-foot clinic is prominently connected to campus.


Corvallis, OR


25,000 sf

Year Complete


  • Contractor

    Hoffman Construction Company

  • Structural Engineer




  • Lighting




  • IT/AV


  • Photographer

    Josh Partee

This project and collaboration with Samaritan Health Services addresses current and identified future needs on the Corvallis campus by offering a modern facility designed to provide more integrated health care. It will create a campus hub for health and wellness services, serving students, OSU employees and the greater community. Dan Larson, OSU's Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Supporting Students Holistically

To better support students who may be navigating the healthcare system by themselves for the first time, the new clinic will provide updated spaces and utilize a patient-based care model. This comprehensive approach includes everything from primary care to birth control, travel immunizations to mental health counseling. Unlike many clinics, this facility will have a primary care clinician that is able to decide when it’s appropriate to add on a nurse visit, vaccination appointment, mental health visit, or even dispense IV fluids under medical supervision—all during the same clinic visit.

The OSU Health Center includes both mental health and physical health services—both provided in the same size room and on the same corridors. This reduces the stigma of walking into a mental health clinic, reinforces the mind-body connection, and ensures students get the support they need.

Designing for Efficiency

The operating model of the clinic is a flexible, need-based space assignment rather than assigning exam rooms to specific practitioners, some of whom are part-time. This means that clinicians are assigned the exam rooms they need to support their workload on a day-to-day basis. Moving to this model contributed to a 37% square footage reduction over the original space request from 32,000 GSF to 25,000 GSF–while still including a full floor of the facility to be leased by a community health provider.

The site location allows integration with a nearby community-based clinic for additional outpatient service, diagnosis, and treatment with radiology equipment, ensuring easy access and transport for students and the community.

Promoting Collaboration

The design features a multi-function staff space along the street front that supports collaboration between clinicians—including primary care physicians, OB/GYN physicians, nurse practitioners, and mental health professionals. A central break room also provides integration between all student health and community practice providers within the facility.

To support staff comfort, health, and wellness, the design team worked with the clinicians and user groups to develop the vision and palette for the interior that supported their goals of a warm, welcoming, inclusive, and safe environment. Natural colors pulled from the surrounding landscape are bolder in the entry lobby and as you move through into the clinical areas the colors and textures are softer and feel peaceful, clean, and calming.