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Skyways to science
Author: Harry Esteve
Posted: August 27, 2014

The University is sharing space in a new building on Portland's South Waterfront.

WITH ITS FUTURISTIC facade and airy, multi-tiered atrium, the Collaborative Life Sciences Building soars from the banks of the Willamette River on Portland’s South Waterfront. It’s the newest—and biggest—addition to Portland State's expanding campus, providing lab, research and classroom space for health and science majors starting this fall.

To build it, PSU partnered with Oregon Health & Science University and Oregon State University, which will share the state-of-the-art training rooms, lecture halls, and sweeping views.

“This gives our students not only the space and equipment they need to compete, but the invaluable experience of learning and working side-by-side with OHSU and OSU grad students,” President Wim Wiewel said during the CLSB dedication ceremony in July.

The $295 million project, designed by SERA Architects of Portland and CO Architects of Los Angeles, is aiming for a LEED Platinum designation—the top category for sustainable construction. It is accessible from PSU’s main campus by foot, bicycle, streetcar, and within a year, light rail.