OHSU/OUS Collaborative Life Sciences Building



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The Project

Collaborative Life Sciences BuildingThe 500,000 square foot OHSU/OUS Collaborative Life Sciences Building is situated on land deeded to OHSU by The Schnitzer Investment Corp. It will include lecture halls, classrooms, labs, specialty research centers, OHSU School of Dentistry facilities, and offices for health professionals and undergraduate and graduate education involving students and instructors from multiple institutions.

In total, the building will offer approximately 270,000 square feet of new programmatic space (Education: 185,000; Research: 85,000), in addition to 7,500 square feet for retail and food service activities, 16,000 square feet for building support and 430 new parking spaces. Space planning is still in development; as with any project, the design and construction phase is an iterative process during which the building's configuration will ultimately solidify. Ground was broken to begin the project October 13, 2011.

The project has two distinct parts that will be completed simultaneously. The first part of the project is a joint venture that is funded by the Oregon University System and OHSU.  This project has a $160 million price tag that is funded through $110 million in state bonds ($50 million in Article XI G-Bonds and $60 million in Article XI F-Bonds), an anonymous $40 million gift from an OHSU donor and $10 million in TriMet support for a new transit station adjacent to the building. OHSU will assume debt servicing for $30 million of the state-issued Article 11 F-bonds. 

Collaborative Life Sciences Building

The second part of the project has a price tag of $135 million that will be funded by $43 million in OHSU Philanthropy and $92 million in OHSU institutional funding.  This will provide space for the new OHSU Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine, additional laboratory space for cutting edge research in basic and applied science, and clinical  and educational space for the School of Dentistry in the Skourtes Tower.  The relocation of the School of Dentistry clinical facility from Marquam Hill to the Skourtes Tower was made possible in part by a $10 million gift from Dr. Gene and Bonnie Skourtes, a $5 million gift from ODS, a $4.3 million pledge to outfit the school's clinic with state-of-the-art equipment, and $7.75 million raised to date by  hundreds of other supporters.  These significant gifts are a part of a $43 million dollar fundraising initiative that will ensure a second century of innovation, education and service for the OHSU School of Dentistry.

The architectural team of SERA/CO has been selected to design the whole project. SERA Architects will perform the role of executive architect and has been assisting with the development of Portland and the State of Oregon since its inception in 1968. Co Architects, based in southern California, will be performing the role of design architect and has been dedicated to the programming, planning and design of academic facilities for over 20 years.  JE Dunn Construction, a nationwide company with offices in Portland and Seattle, will lead the construction of the building as general contractor and Day CPM will provide oversight of the project on behalf of OHSU and OUS.

Occupancy is scheduled for July, 2014.

The Programs

CLSB - Interprofessional Educational SpaceOHSU's educational space in the building will accommodate an inter-professional simulation center as well as the first two years of the Undergraduate Medical Education Program (M.D.) and all four years of the Doctor of Dental Medicine Program (D.M.D.). The Physician Assistant Program, the Radiation Technology Program, the associated directors' and deans' offices, and student and faculty support services. The move to this new facility will allow for the expansion of the M.D. program from 120 to 160 students, the D.M.D. Program from 75 to 90 students, and the P.A. Program from 38 to 48 students per year.

CLSB - Pharmacy ProgramsThe Oregon State University/OHSU Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program currently located in the OHSU Center for Health and Healing will also move to the collaborative building and will have the capacity to increase its class size from 90 to 115 students in the future. Portland State University undergraduate Chemistry and Biology programs will benefit from a 400 seat lecture hall and 17 new teaching labs. This will allow the departments to expand class sizes and maintain excellence in teaching


CLSB - Research

On the research side, the building will offer highly specialized laboratory space for OHSU's Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine led by the pioneering scientist Joe Gray, Ph.D., and a dream team of collaborators that are working to create the “Google-Earth Map of Human Cells”. In addition the expanded research facility will allow OHSU to grow its research programs over the next 5-7 years. Currently OHSU brings in nearly $360 million of external funding to support its research mission and this is projected to grow significantly as part of the university's strategic plan.

The College of Pharmacy will be moving and expanding its research activities in pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences to the collaborative building, increasing its drug discovery, dosing and delivery programs. PSU research programs in chemistry, biology and biochemistry will expand into the building with the intention to complement the activities in the Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine.  There is also ample laboratory space reserved for future collaborative research projects involving OHSU and OUS investigators. We anticipate that bringing all of these programs into a common space will create outstanding opportunities for research and educational collaboration.