Building History

Our home for research on children and families

From a 2009 launch to its 2011 grand opening, the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families grew from a vision to a physical representation of the important work researchers will do to improve the lives of children and families.

This home for research, located at the corner of 26th and Campus Way, is in the heart of the scenic OSU campus, next to Bates Hall and the Child Development Laboratory.

"Building Collaboration" speaks of the collaborative and meaningful work the new building will facilitate between researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.

See time lapse of the construction process.

Building Timeline

September 8th, 2011
Building completion and dedication

Corvallis Gazette-Times, September 8, 2011
Oregonian, September 7, 2011
Albany Democrat-Herald, September 7th, 2011

April 2010

September 9, 2009
Program launch


Project Goals

concept image of hallie ford center building
Artist rendering of final Hallie Ford Center appearance

THA Architecture of Portland, the firm chosen to design the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families conducted a process with college and THA representatives to create project goals that guided the design of the building.

  • Advance scholarship
    Create a place that becomes “the” intellectual center for exchanging and advancing ideas. 
  • Foster Interaction
    Create a collaborative, adaptable, and effective workplace that supports evolving programs and changing users.
  • Embody Health
    Create a building that embodies healthy behaviors (“walks the talk”) and reinforces OSU’s strategic goals for a healthy environment, people, and economy.
  • Establish Identity
    Communicate a discernible identity that enhances the visibility of the college and its programs.  Make the work within evident.
  • Sustain Programs
    Generate enthusiasm among academics and donors.
  • Respect Context
    Respect the project’s historic context including the physical character of the Quad and the history of the college.
  • Express Spirit
    Create a place that feels authentic, welcoming, celebrative, and purposeful in its mission.