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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History

A color image of the physical plant shops complex

The physical plant complex consisted of the paint shop, heating plant, warehouses, and other shops. Today, the heating plant's functions have been transferred to the Energy Center, and the building will be renovated for use as a physics building. To make space for PRAx, the warehouses have been torn down.

General Information


560 SW 15th Street, Corvallis, OR 97331



Year Built

1948 (shops), 1952 and 1979 (warehouses)


1986 (shops)

Square Footage

73,193 (shops)

Purpose/Usage Facilities Services workspace and storage

Previous Name(s)


Namesake N/A

Historic District

Heating plant yes, others no


Facilities Services Records, 1888-2010


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: Information pertaining to the Physical Plant Shops Complex can be found in Facilities Services Records, 1888-2010, in both reference guides.

Oregon Digital: A search for "Physical Plant Shops" in Corvallis, Oregon returns text results regarding the shops' operation.