Built in 1964, the building served as home to OSU's rapidly growing Oceanography department. It was later named Burt Hall after Wayne Burt, who was instrumental in establishing the Oceanography program in the 1950s.
Frazier joined Oregon State’s Horticulture Department in 1949, coming from the University of Hawaii. At Oregon State, he worked on breeding new varieties of vegetables with his student and fellow faculty member Jim Baggett. They are known for the developing a bush variety of the Blue Lake green bean, which enabled farmers to mechanically harvest this popular variety. Frazier also developed the Willamette tomato, one of the first varieties developed for the Willamette Valley and still popular with home gardeners.