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Urban Center

Completed in 2000, the Urban Center was the first part of a substantial revitalization effort in downtown Portland’s transit corridor. Often described as the gateway between PSU and downtown Portland, the Urban Center and neighboring University Plaza is the only place where the Portland Streetcar, Green Line MAX Light Rail, and bus mall cross. With two major public transit lines at its front door, and home to the College of Urban & Public Affairs, the Urban Center is a hub for students and Portland residents alike. With such a prime location, retail tenants like the PSU Bookstore, Pizzicato and Seattle’s Best welcome students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the downtown Portland community.

• 2000 New Construction

• Transit Score of 88 – Excellent Transit

• Vending Misers on vending machines minimize energy use

• Hydration Station makes refilling reusable containers easy, reducing number of throw-away plastic water bottles purchased

• 2003 AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Citation Award Recipient

Key strategies include: high-efficiency HVAC systems; windows designed to maximize daylight and filter natural light throughout hallways; occupancy sensors to provide light only when needed; polished concrete flooring conserves resources otherwise used for carpeting; and walk-off mats at main entries help prevent dust pollution and contaminants from entering the building creating better indoor air quality.