Daily Journal of Commerce: PSU to hire architect, contractor for business school expansion
Author: Inka Bajandas
Posted: December 9, 2013

Read the original articler in the Daily Journal of Commerce here.

Portland State University officials are close to selecting an architect and contractor for a $60 million project to renovate and expand their School of Business Administration.

The university next week will announce its selection from 10 architecture firms that bid on the project, PSU spokesman John Kirkland said.

PSU put out a request for proposals after ZGF Architects, which has a Portland office, two years ago performed a feasibility study and conceptual designs for the project – including renderings the university has used for publicity, he said.

ZGF submitted a proposal to design the project. Other firms with Portland offices that bid on the project include Yost Grube Hall Architecture, SRG Partnership, THA Architecture, Skylab Architecture, SERA Architects, Mahlum Architects, Opsis Architecture and IDC Architects.

SRG bid on the project with Stuttgart, Germany-based Behnisch Architekten, and Mahlum Architects partnered with Seattle-based LMN Architects.

Miller Hull Partnership, which has offices in Seattle and San Diego, also submitted a bid.

A request for proposals for a general contractor closed last month, and the university later this month will interview finalists from the eight companies that submitted bids, Kirkland said.

The project, which was boosted by an $8 million gift from PSU alumnus Rick Miller and his wife, Erika, will add 95,000 square feet to PSU’s existing 52,000-square-foot business school. The expansion includes more classrooms, offices, study rooms, common areas and auditorium and event space. – Inka Bajandas