New Washing Machines in the Residence Halls

Kate Brown

Near the end of October, the University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) here at Oregon State, decided that it was time for an upgrade of washing machines in the campus residence halls. Over the period of about two weeks, brand new washers and dryers were installed in every residence hall on campus.

The old machines on campus took about 10 minutes longer for the washer, and 5 minutes longer for the dryer. The old machines were also significantly smaller, so you would have to use multiple machines just to get one load done. Additionally, the dryers were so small that sometimes your clothes wouldn’t be fully dry so they would have to run again.

So why the change now? Brian Stroup, director of operations for UHDS said “as our laundry contract period was ending, UHDS decided to go out to bid for a new vendor and included the need to provide new machines.” Since the contract with the vendor is a lease, there is no direct cost of the machines, so it does not require additional funding for UHDS.

The machines are the newest model, provided by CSC ServiceWorks, and are more efficient. There is less water usage in the machines, and there should be fewer maintenance issues in the future. This was a big reason for the bid for a new machine because when the machines need less maintenance, there are fewer disruptions for residents. Due to the fact that the machines are so new, they save a significant amount of water, which reduces costs and the environmental impact on OSU.

Coming hopefully in winter term, the machines will be able to connect to residents phones. There will be a notification system, which when activated will alert the residents when their laundry is done. Additionally, it will be able to tell residents how many washers and dryers are open in their laundry room. This system will also be used to submit maintenance requests.

If you’re living in the residence halls, be sure to take advantage of the new state of the art machines- and don’t forget to clean out the lint filter when you’re done!

Photography by Andy Fitzsimon (via

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