Ford Alumni Center opens in grand fashion

Local dignitaries and the building's primary donors were on hand Friday for a ribbon-cutting and celebration of the University of Oregon's newest landmark: the Cheryl Ramberg Ford and Allyn Ford Alumni Center.

The $33.6 million, 60,000-square-foot facility is expected to set a new standard for alumni centers nationwide. It features an interpretive center filled with touch-screens and UO lore, and an energy-efficient design expected to result in LEED Gold certification. It offers office and meeting room space for the UO Foundation and the university's alumni association, student orientation services and development department.

The Ford Alumni Center is adjacent to Matthew Knight Arena and completes the new east campus gateway. It is expected to become the primary place to welcome alumni back to campus and also to greet prospective UO students. The university expects to host more than 17,000 visitors at approximately 600 recruitment and information sessions in the coming year.