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New Home for Life Sciences

PSU expands undergraduate science classes and labs in the Collaborative Life Sciences Building on the South Waterfront, opening in 2013.

Many of Portland State's most popular undergraduate science classes will move into bigger, better space on the South Waterfront in two years. 

PSU and its partner universities, Oregon Health & Science University and Oregon State University, break ground Oct. 13 on the $295 million building, which features a 500-seat lecture hall, classrooms and an entire floor of state-of-the-art teaching labs.

That's great news for biology and chemistry students who are sitting in the aisles in packed classrooms and taking labs at night or on weekends. 

"The undergraduates are the big winners in this," says Niles Lehman, chemistry department chair. "They are really the ones who are going to be benefiting from the expanded capacity and new facilities." 

The project is the first on this scale to combine the resources of multiple universities to offer the best possible educational opportunities to Oregon students. The new building also will have research space for PSU faculty who work closely with researchers from OHSU and OSU and use shared instrumentation, such as high-resolution molecular or cellular imaging. 

Better yet: A new MAX line to Milwaukie and the extended Portland Streetcar line will drop students right at the building's door.