New Home to Portland State University’s School of Business, Garners Top Award
Author: Jenna Cooper
Posted: December 7, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. — It’s been a busy year for PSU’s School of Business. After years of planning and months of construction, September 2017 marked the long-awaited debut of the Karl Miller Center – the new home of The School of Business. The project, hailed as a “game changer” for students and faculty, just earned the top spot in Portland Business Journal’s 2017 Transformer Awards.

“Every great city deserves a great business school – and that’s what we’ve worked hard to achieve,” said Dean Cliff Allen, PSU’s School of Business. “This award is truly an honor, especially knowing the public validated what we set out to do – transform our role in the urban core and the business community at large.”

Karl Miller Center Conscious Design

The building, awaiting LEED Platinum distinction, is a collaboration of Behnisch Architekten and SRG Partnership; general contractor Skanska USA; and trade partners who all worked together to help the long-standing vision for a business community “home”. The sustainable design underscores the School’s commitment to environmentally responsible education. Features such as passive cooling and the sustainable wood used on the exterior of the building.

Building Specs

143,000 square feet (100,000 sf renovation, 43,000 sf addition), increasing The Business School’s footprint more than 172 percent.

Twenty-one classrooms – tripling classroom space.

A vibrant and active atrium with crisscrossing bridges and stairs, surrounded by study spaces, which captures the natural light even with the gray skies of winter.

Five green roofs on the project include two occupied terraces on levels 4 and 5 of the pavilion.

About Portland State University’s School of Business

Portland State University’s School of Business is renowned for its leading-edge research and world-class faculty. Located in the heart of Portland, Oregon, this urban campus takes a realistic and holistic approach to learning with a focus on sustainability, economic impact, and social and environmental stewardship. PSU’s School of Business offers eight master’s degrees, seven undergraduate concentrations, four minors, and multiple certificate programs, all with real-world applicability. US News & World Report ranks its AACSB-accredited undergraduate and graduate business programs among the best in the nation. The Princeton Review recognizes the School as a “Best College” to major in business. For more information, please visit: