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Fortis Construction Awarded Contract For Viking Pavilion
Author: Mike Lund, Viking Athletics
Posted: June 2, 2015

A new artist's rendering of the Viking Pavilion viewed from the northeast corner in the Park Blocks looking southwest. (New artist's rendering by Scott Baumberger)

Portland State University finalized a contract on Friday, May 22, with Fortis Construction to build the Viking Pavilion and Education Center at the south end of the PSU campus. Groundbreaking for the building is scheduled for January, 2016. Completion is expected by Spring 2018.
 
The building will be a massive renovation of the Peter W. Stott Center, which has served as a health, physical education and athletics facility since it was built in 1966. The new building will have 30,000 square feet of studying, tutoring and classroom space. It also will have a new  3,100-seat pavilion for athletic contests, public events, including lectures, and concerts.
 
The contract is worth approximately $32 million. Preconstruction services have begun.
 
The building will be used by both PSU and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), much like the Collaborative Life Sciences Building on Portland's South Waterfront. OHSU is contributing $7.5 million to the project. Another $24 million will come from state bonds. The remainder will be provided by private donations.
 
Fortis Construction, Inc. is an employee-owned, Portland-based general contractor. The company has constructed more than three million square feet of educational space in the last decade for 11 higher education institutions in the Pacific Northwest. This includes extensive work at Portland State University such as the Student Health and Counseling Center, Campus Utilities Loop, Walk of Heroines and more than 30 renovations and expansions.
 
Other notable higher education projects completed or being constructed by Fortis include the OSU Learning Innovation Center, UO Ford Alumni Center and the EOU Quinn Coliseum. Fortis has also completed projects for leading companies in Oregon such as Nike, Facebook, Salesforce, Legacy Health, Mentor Graphics and US Bank.
 
The design of the new facility is being created by Woofter Architecture and Sink Combs Dethlefs Architects.