Collaborative Life Sciences Building
The Collaborative Life Sciences Building & Skourtes Tower brings together Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon State University and Portland State University in one location to benefit all of Oregon.
The $295 million building is the first on this scale to combine the resources of multiple universities to offer the best possible science education and research opportunities for students. The facility strengthens partnerships between the universities while expanding their teaching facilities, class sizes and research activities.
The vision for this remarkable new facility is that students from different health care professions are able to mingle in shared spaces, learn alongside each other, and work collaboratively through a variety of inter-professional education courses. Every aspect of the building’s design encourages human interaction and collaboration to build collective brain power. It reflects a new approach to health care education, recognizing 21st century challenges and opportunities in the quickly changing health care field.
The Collaborative Life Sciences Building is located at 2730 S.W. Moody Ave., on the west side of the Willamette River and just north of the Ross Island Bridge, in Portland, Ore.
In 2014, the new Collaborative Life Sciences Building was awarded LEED Platinum certification status. The criteria for this award was set by the U.S. Building Council to provide objective criteria for rating the energy efficiency, public health benefit and low-impact design of new and existing structures.
In 2015, the building was named one of the winners of the COTE Top Ten Awards program. The award was bestowed by the American Institute of Architects in partnership with its Committee on the Environment. The program recognizes the best industry examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that integrate architecture, natural systems, and technology to protect and improve upon the environment.
The building at a glance
Design features foster collaboration while saving water and energy.
The building represents an inspired use of state and private resources to enhance science and health education and research.
Three of Oregon’s leading universities will expand their science and health offerings.