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New Collaborative Life Sciences Building awarded LEED Platinum Certification
Author: Scott Gallagher
Posted: September 10, 2014


PORTLAND, Ore. – The recently completed Collaborative Life Sciences Building has been certified LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council. The building’s design features suspended walkways, copious natural light, and communal spaces with panoramic views of the Willamette River, Mt. Hood and east Portland. The building’s sustainable features include green roofs, storm water collection for non-potable water uses throughout the building, and energy-efficient lighting and climate control. 


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The collaborative building is a next-generation health and science education and research facility that uniquely combines the resources and brainpower of three nationally respected universities under one roof: Portland State University, Oregon Health Sciences University, and Oregon State University.


The $295 million building was funded by a unique public-private partnership model, including $110 million in state bonds, $92 million in OHSU institutional funding, $83 million in OHSU philanthropy (including a $40 million anonymous gift to OHSU, and $10 million from Bonnie and Gene Skourtes, D.M.D.), and $10 million from TriMet.


Rather than divide the approximately 650,000-square-foot building among the universities by floor, the design and construction team built in integrated labs and shared classrooms. Every aspect of the new building is designed to encourage interaction among university faculty, graduates and undergraduates, from shared labs with electron microscopy and other highly specialized instrumentation to shared office space for OHSU, OSU and PSU faculty to promote frequent idea sharing and intermingling to state-of-the-art simulation centers where health care providers, students and staff across all health care professions can train side by side.


Located within OHSU’s new Schnitzer Campus at Portland’s South Waterfront, the building will be accessible by Portland Streetcar, Portland Aerial Tram and a new MAX light rail line, slated to open September 2015, that will connect South Waterfront and downtown Portland with southeast Portland. 




Portland State University has about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. PSU’s motto is “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” and we provide every student with opportunities to work with businesses, schools and organizations on real-world projects. Our downtown campus exhibits PSU’s commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while sustainability is incorporated into much of the curriculum.




Oregon Health & Science University is the state's only public academic health and research university. As one of Oregon's largest employers with more than 14,000 employees, OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support not found anywhere else in the state. OHSU serves patients from every corner of Oregon and is a conduit for learning for more than 4,400 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to each county in the state.



Oregon State University is one of only two U.S. universities designated a land-, sea-, space- and sun-grant institution. OSU is also Oregon’s only university to hold both the Carnegie Foundation’s top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification. Its more than 29,000 students come from all 50 states and more than 90 nations. OSU programs operate within every county within Oregon, and its faculty teach and conduct research on issues of national and global importance.