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Capital Budget Request

Portland State University prepared its 2015-17 Capital Construction Project Request in accordance with the specifications provided by the Higher Education Coordinating Committee (HECC) in its instruction document entitled, “Development of Budget Requests for Capital Construction Projects.” PSU’s capital project request includes four distinct projects and a request for capital repair, replacement and renewal funds for education and general funded facilities throughout campus.

Neuberger Hall DM and Renovation

For PSU students, Neuberger Hall is one of the most important and heavily used buildings on campus. Neuberger Hall is home to 37 classrooms and 18 class labs. 24,000 square feet of student services include financial aid, the registrar, and veterans’ services. The renovation of Neuberger Hall has been a long standing priority for Portland State University. A request for $83 million dollars to renovate the building was ranked sixth out of twenty-five projects on the Oregon University System’s request for funding in the 2011 legislative session. During the session, legislative leadership indicated they would like to see smaller scale options for Neuberger Hall and that PSU should pursue strategies for campus supported funds for the project. PSU’s current proposal for Neuberger Hall includes $10 million dollars of campus support and presents two lower cost options for consideration. Both options address all of the building’s critical and immediate accessibility, life and safety, and deferred maintenance needs to prevent a potential crisis, with one allowing the university to also make greater progress toward improving outcomes for transfer and Under Represented Minority (URM) students and meeting the goals of 40-40-20. 


Renovation and Expansion for the Graduate School of Education 

PSU’s Graduate School of Education (GSE) is being displaced by the PSU School of Business expansion. During the 2014 legislative session, PSU requested funds to renovate and expand the Extended Studies Building (XSB) to create a permanent and functional home for the GSE and the new School of Gender, Race, and Nations (SGRN). The legislature chose to limit funding to the critical life and safety projects requested by the Oregon University System. PSU’s GSE and SGRN are critical components to PSU’s commitment to equity and diversity. The GSE is Oregon’s leader in preparing bilingual/bicultural teachers for Oregon’s K-12 classrooms, especially in the STEM fields. The newly created SGRN is an interdisciplinary approach to understanding our changing society and making changes for a more socially just future. As Oregon’s most diverse university, PSU must provide excellence in studies and research of culture, race, ethnicity, sovereignty, nation, migration, class, gender and sexuality. PSU’s current proposal builds upon our 2014 proposal by continuing to address all of the accessibility, life and safety, and deferred maintenance needs of the XSB, while also incorporating a new design to meet the Governor’s Executive Order 12-16, regarding the innovative use of wood in capital projects. 


Broadway Housing Purchase 

The purchase of Broadway Housing from the PSU Foundation creates operational savings and allows for greater flexibility in maintaining PSU’s housing portfolio. Cost savings will help balance the overall housing budget and decrease education and general fund support for the facility. The acquisition will allow for reinvestment in other housing buildings in need of capital improvements. 


University Center Land Purchase 

The purchase of the land beneath the University Center Building creates operational savings and secures the use of a PSU-owned building in a strategic location. The concrete, steel and glass building houses the Center for Student Health and Counseling, various College of Liberal Arts and Sciences departments, the Oregon Center for Career Development and the Intensive English Language Program. PSU has made some investments in the structure, and the purchase will allow long-term access to the building, beyond the end of the current lease in 2023.