Smith Memorial Student Union

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Building Code 
SMSU
Address 
1825 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97201-3256
Block 
200
Year Built 
1958-1965
Levels 
6

Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU) is a four-story building with two basement levels located between SW Park, Montgomery, Broadway, and Harrison. It is the building just south of Cramer Hall and north of Neuberger Hall. Skybridges on the third and fourth floors lead to Cramer Hall and Neuberger Hall. The third floor skybridge also connects to the University Services Building, School of Business Administration, the School of Education, and Parking Structure 2. Tunnels from the basement level lead to Cramer Hall to the North, and Neuberger Hall to the South.

SMSU is PSU’s student union and includes a food court on the first floor; a games room in the basement; a ballroom for events on the third and fourth floors; and offices for student organizations, groups, and other services throughout the building.

Building Naming History:
Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU), 2003-present
Smith Memorial Center (SMC), 1969-2002
Library East (LIBE), 1966-2012
Library (L or Lib), 1960-1966
College Center (CC), 1958-1968

SMSU was the second building constructed for Portland State and was built in four separate phases between 1956 and 1966. Phase 1 was completed on May 28, 1958. The second phase completed on January 5, 1960, in the northeast corner, was known as Library East until 2012 and possesses separate mechanical and electrical systems.  Library East was Portland State College’s central library until the construction of Library West (now Millar Library) in 1966. Phase 3 (Addition 1) added the southwest corner of the building and additional work on the northwest corner was completed October 28, 1961 with the final southeast phase (Addition 2) completed on May 28, 1965. The first three phases (NW, NE/Library East, and SW) were all designed by the architects, Lawrence, Tucker & Wallman, with the original unit also benefiting from the consulting services of college union pioneer, Porter Butts. The final SE addition was designed by Mockford and Rudd.

SMSU is named after Michael J. Smith who helped lead Portland State College’s GE College Bowl team to victory in 1965. The College Bowl team’s undefeated winning streak was credited by Time magazine (March 26, 1965 p. 46) with being a major factor in influencing the state legislature to fund graduate programming as well as helping transform the College’s public image as “the flunk-out school” for University of Oregon and Oregon State University drop-outs. Despite appearing in all five games, Michael Smith suffered from cystic fibrosis and was frequently hospitalized during the nine months of preparation for the College Bowl. Following Michael’s premature death in 1968, the Smith Memorial Student Union was re-named for him.

Building Occupants
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Office
Conferencing and Events
Dean of Student Life
Disability Resource Center
Diversity and Multicultural Student Services
Instructional Technology Services
La Casa Latina
Multicultural Center
Office of Academic Innovation
OIT User Support Services
Queer Resource Center
Resource Center for Students with Children
Student Activities and Leadership
Student Legal Services
Student Media
The Children's Center
TRiO Student Support Services
Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search 
Veterans Resource Center

Additional Resources
All Gender Restrooms: Rooms 54, M105, M107, M337, M338 (single stall); Rooms 51 & 455 (multi-stall)
Historical Photos: Images in the PSU Library's Digital Gallery related to the history of Smith Center.
Homepage: The Student Union's homepage with links to the many resources and services available to PSU students and the campus community.
Lactation Station: Room 350 (women's restroom)

Square Footage
Gross Square Footage: 220,435
Net Assignable Square Footage:
128,450

Floorplan 
ADA Accessibility