Robertson Life Sciences Building

RLSB exterior elevation front entry
Building Code 
2730 S Moody Avenue
Year Built 
RLSB: 5; Skourtes Tower: 12

The Joseph E. Robertson, Jr. Collaborative Life Sciences Building, or Robertson Collaborative Life Sciences Building, (RLSB) is a jointly owned and operated collaborative facility bringing together Portland State University (PSU), Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), and Oregon State University (OSU) on OHSU's Schnitzer Campus along Portland's South Waterfront. This 650,000 square foot complex consists of two parts: the twelve-story Skourtes Tower on the north and a five-story wing connected by an atrium along with underground parking featuring 30 permit and 51 hourly-paid spaces. The building is located on Moody Avenue south of Marquam Bridge and north of the Ross Island Bridge; it is easily accessible by bicycle, the Portland Streetcar, the MAX Orange Line, and the Portland Aerial Tram.

PSU's portion of RLSB includes 17 teaching labs, a 406-seat lecture hall, research labs, offices, and work stations. The building achieved LEED Platinum certification due to its host of sustainable features including green roofs, a storm water collection system for non-potable water, energy-efficient climate control and lighting, and extensive use of recycled and sustainable materials.

RLSB opened for classes in September 2014 at a cost $200 million. It was originally known as the Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB) until September 2018 when it was re-named in honor of the then outgoing OHSU President, Dr. Joseph Robertson. RLSB was designed by the architectural partnership of SERA Architects and CO Architects with JE Dunn Construction serving as general contractor and Day CPM providing project oversight.

Building Occupants
Biology Instructional and Research Labs
Chemistry Instructional and Research Labs 

Additional Resources:
All-gender restroom: Room 1S013 (First floor; single occupancy)
Lactation station: Room 1S011 (First floor)
*For regular access to this lactation space, please call the RCSC office at (503) 725-9878 and provide your ODIN and student ID#.*
*For a temporary access badge to this lactation space, visit the RLSB management office located near the north Meade entrance in Room 1N065. Their phone number is 503-418-9960x2.*

Frequently Asked Questions:

When is the building open?
Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday/Holidays: closed

How do I get there?
Students and employees are strongly encouraged to walk, bike, or take transit to the RLSB. Streetcar Passes are available from PSU Transportation & Parking Services at 75% less than the public rate.  The Portland Streetcar departs for RLSB every 8-10 minutes on weekdays. Limited parking is also available. Due to construction taking place at the South Waterfront for the Phil Knight Cancer Research Center and Center for Health and Healing, PSU encourages you to plan a little extra time to get to and from RLSB.

Are there places to buy food and drinks?
Yes, there is a Starbucks Café, Starbucks, and Elephants Delicatessen.

Are there water bottle filling stations?
Yes, the building contains multiple drinking fountains and filling stations on each floor.

Is there free wifi?
Yes, the wireless network is available at RLSB just as in any other PSU building.

Does RLSB have a computer lab/printing station?
Yes, the IT Lab is located in RLSB 2N068 and has a printer and several computer stations. The lab is closed during the summer.

Who should I contact if I have questions about RLSB?

Below is a list of useful contacts:

Biology Department

Building Management

Chemistry Department

Office of Information Technology

Public Safety

Transportation and Parking

Floor Area 
ADA Accessibility