Portland State University (PSU) officially opened its newest student resident hall today, University Pointe at College Station.
PSU partnered with American Campus Communities (ACC) to build the 16 story, 978 bed facility. PSU currently has resident housing for about 7.5 percent of its 30,000 students with a goal of increasing that number to 25 percent in five years. The building includes a fitness center, classrooms, lecture hall, retail space, and apartments primarily for sophomores and juniors.
The project brought more than $120 million dollars to the local economy while providing 200-plus construction jobs and created 20 full-time staff positions. University Pointe brings the total number of student resident beds available on campus to 3,000, and has a goal of achieving Gold LEED certification.
Speakers included Wim Wiewel, president of PSU; Bill Bayless, CEO of American Campus Communities; Earl Blumenauer, Oregon Congressman; and former Gov. Barbara Roberts.