New Dental Building Unveiled
With a cry of “together!” the OHSU/OUS Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB) was officially unveiled June 26, with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and remarks from students, community leaders, donors, and the three university presidents who combined forces for an unprecedented collaboration.
“Everything about this building speaks to the future, and the possibility of the future,” said OHSU President Joe Robertson Jr., M.D., M.B.A. “This building was conceived differently, built differently, and funded differently, and I think the people who work and study here will feel that difference.”
Willamette Dental Co-Founder Gene Skourtes, D.M.D. `68, who with his wife, Bonnie, donated $10 million to the Skourtes Tower OHSU School of Dentistry within the CLSB, was one of the grand opening speakers.
"I feel very proud to be standing in this beautiful building,” said Dr. Skourtes. “With its focus on collaboration and interdisciplinary teaching, the CLSB is revolutionary. Most professional schools in this country train in their own silos. It is inspiring for me that the new dental school is within the CLSB.”
The dental school is in the process of moving all clinical operations now on OHSU’s Marquam Hill to the Skourtes Tower on South Waterfront, 2730 S.W. Moody Avenue, Portland, Ore., 97201-5042. Patient care is expected to begin July 7.