Explore the Karl Miller Center

As The School of Business celebrates the one year anniversary of its new building, we look back at what makes the Karl Miller Center the Louvre of Portland State University.

Learning Beyond The Classroom

Karl Miller CenterThe Karl Miller Center (KMC) is an iconic, world-class building -– unlike any other on the Portland State University campus. This collaborative vision was achieved through a partnership with Portland State University, Behnisch Architekten, SRG Partnership, Skanska, and trade partners. The Center was funded by several major donors and named after Karl Miller, grandfather of generous donor and School of Business alumnus, Rick Miller.
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Home of The School of Business
 

Karl Miller Center AtriumKMC Atrium

The Karl Miller Center all-glass atrium is five stories high – or 90 feet tall – and feature spaces designed for students to gather as a group, study solo or relax between classes. It also features spaces where students and the Portland business community host events, keeping our school at the center of Portland’s business culture. Every floor of the atrium features “work bars,” which are both standing and seated height areas where students can set up their laptops and get work done.

 

Karl Miller Center ClassroomClassrooms + Technology

The Karl Miller Center boasts three “global classrooms,” which have multiple video cameras set up to broadcast class to students across the globe -- and large monitors to bring remote presenters inside the classroom. These classrooms are equipped with audiovisual technology, which allows users to use video conferencing, live streaming, and messaging applications. This innovation means users from around the globe can participate in discussions in the Karl Miller Center seamlessly.

 

Karl Miller Center GBP OfficeUndergraduate + Graduate Advising Offices

Graduate and undergraduate student advising offices are located in the 210 and 220 suite of the Karl Miller Center.

These offices are the hub of program and career advising. Student services offered include Academic & Career Advising, International Experience, Tutoring, Mentor Programs, Student Organizations, and Scholarships.

Graduate Student Resources | Undergraduate Student Resources
 

Karl Miller Center Family RoomStudy Spaces + Family Space

The Karl Miller Center features 12 group study rooms, 15 conference rooms, and a green room. It is also equipped with a family play/study space and lactation room, funded and supported by both the Resource Center for Students with Children and The School of Business.

The play/study space on the first floor in room 150 has toys, games, and a quiet space for parents to study. The lactation room in 441 has a sink, ottoman, refrigerator and changing table. 

These rooms are open to all PSU students, staff and faculty, but are only accessible with a door code. To receive the code, please call the resource center office at 5-9878.
 

Karl Miller Center TerraceInnovations in Sustainability

The Karl Miller Center achieved LEED Platinum designation in October 2018, the top category for sustainable construction. Resource-efficient features include water conservation, occupancy sensors, and five eco-terraces.

Five eco-roofs totaling 7,000 square feet provide stormwater management and mitigate urban heat for the downtown area.

Sensor-controlled low-flow faucets, waterless urinals, and a highly efficient irrigation system are projected to reduce water use by over 43 percent or 201,000 gallons of water per year.

The new classroom pavilion and atrium are passively-cooled, meaning there is no mechanical air conditioning used in this portion of the building. Instead, these areas use 100 percent natural ventilation, absorbing heat from surrounding spaces and releasing it through automated windows and ceiling fans at the top of the atrium.

Retail Spaces

The School of Business is home to three retail spaces, providing the community with Portland staples like craft brews, doughnuts, and artisan sandwiches. 

Best Baguette: The original location opened in 2006 with a single dream, to spread the healthy and delicious taste of Bánh mì to Portland while maintaining low costs, and high-quality food. To do that, they began by creating a menu with both French and Vietnamese sandwiches and a wide assortment of other items so they could satisfy an even wider range of tastes.

Coco Donuts: A donut and espresso café in Portland, OR featuring small batch classic donuts and in-house roasted coffee. Coco Donuts has five locations including Uptown, Downtown, NE Broadway, N. Williams and Milwaukie Ave in SE Portland. Now Open.
 
Growler USA: Enjoy high-quality pub food and a variety of beverages, from the best local and regional craft beers, draught wines, and hard ciders to non-alcoholic kombucha teas, cold-pressed coffee, and hand-crafted root beer.