Operating and Capital Budgets
SB 5535 UPDATE: On April 23, the Ways and Means Committee held an evening hearing at Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus in North Portland. This hearing was a part of a series of traveling budget hearings that are held statewide by the Joint Ways and Means Committee about the proposed budget. Two PSU students, Nick Rothstein and Nick Bull, testified in front of the committee along with current employee and former PSU student athlete Tygue Howland. Additional PSU student athletes were present to show their support.
SB 5506 UPDATE: The School of Business renovation and expansion is currently included in the capital construction budget. PSU representatives have been meeting with legislators in Salem to discuss the addition of the Stott Education Center to the current capital construction budget. A hearing on these projects is scheduled for May 10.
School of Business
This renovation and expansion of the School of Business includes 11 classrooms and a new auditorium. PSU’s MBA program has become a national leader and this new facility will accommodate a growing student body and the school’s centers of excellence. The Graduate School of Education, which is housed in the existing building, is expected to relocate to Neuberger Hall.
Stott Educational Center/Viking Pavilion
PSU’s 30,000 student body is in desperate need of large event and study space. The renovation and expansion of the Stott Center will address both of these needs by creating a 5,000 seat multi-use event space and 36,000 square feet of academic and student study space. The current Stott Center is in need of $16 million of deferred maintenance. The leaky roof has forced the cancellation of 73 classes during the past two years. PSU’s generous private donors will commit $20 million to this project to match the state’s contribution dollar for dollar.
The Neuberger Hall renovation will perform deferred maintenance, improve 238,000 square feet of existing space, upgrade 45 classrooms and labs, create student meeting areas and improve building efficiency.