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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History

Completed in 1970, the Bioscience building was renamed in 1974 for Wallis Nash, who served as secretary of Oregon Agricultural College’s Board of Regents from 1886 to 1898. He was a local lawyer and businessman.

General Information


2820 SW Campus Way


Bear, McNeil, Bloodworth, and Hall

Year Built



circa 2010 (seismic retrofitting)

Square Footage



Department of Microbiology; Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences; Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Fish Health Services laboratory

Previous Name(s)

Bioscience Building (during planning and construction phases; christened Nash Hall at dedication in 1974)


Wallis Nash

Historic District





Facilities Services Records, 1888-2003. Series XX:  Campus, Farm, and Property Maps, 1899-1990. Campus and Farm Maps: 3-A

Oregon State University Campus Maps, 1894-1994


Oregon State University Historical Photographs, 1868-1980

Further Archival Information

SCARC: SCARC's holdings include several collections documenting the history of the Bioscience building, including the Robert W. Henderson Photographic Slides Collection, and the Microbiology Department Records.

Oregon Digital: Available online in Oregon Digital are additional textual and photographic items documenting the history of the Bioscience building.