PSU awards architecture contract to SRG Partnership Inc. for business school expansion project
Author: John Kirkland
Posted: January 13, 2014

(Portland, OR) — Portland State University (PSU) has chosen the architecture firm SRG Partnership Inc. to design a $60 million expansion of PSU’s School of Business Administration building. Groundbreaking for the project is scheduled for January 2015.

SRG will work closely with German firm Behnisch Architekten on the project. Behnisch Architekten is a world leader in sustainable design, with academic clients including the University of Baltimore, University of Toronto, and University of Heidelberg.

The PSU project will add 42,000 square feet of new construction and renovations to the building’s existing 52,000 square feet.  In addition, the Graduate School of Education, which shares the building with Business Administration, will relocate, freeing an additional 53,000 square feet for the business school. The result will nearly triple the business school’s space and bring it under one roof.

SRG Partnership, with offices in Portland and Seattle, designed the 66,000-square-foot historic renovation of PSU’s Shattuck Hall in 2010. The LEED Gold-certified project transformed PSU’s oldest building and won awards from the American Institute of Architects, American Council of Engineering Companies, and the International Interior Design Association.

SRG has also designed major projects at other West Coast colleges and universities, including University of Oregon’s Lillis Business Complex, University of Washington, Washington State University, University of California-Riverside, and University of California-Berkeley. 

The business school expansion will be paid for with a combination of $40 million in state funding and $20 million in philanthropic gifts. PSU has raised nearly 80 percent of its philanthropic goal, which includes an $8 million gift from MBA alumnus Rick Miller and his wife Erika.  It’s the largest gift in the school’s history. 

The School of Business Administration has about 3,000 students, making it the largest business school in Oregon. Students currently attend classes in multiple locations throughout campus.  The project will bring all business classes to one building. It will add 25 project and team rooms, a full auditorium, five industry-specific centers, and several functional common spaces.