The Collaborative Life Sciences Building At a Glance


650,000 square feet (including parking).


Lecture halls, classrooms, labs, specialty research centers, offices, simulation centers and a state-of-the-art facility for the OHSU School of Dentistry. View the Collaborative Learning Environments diagram for more details.


Approximately 3,000 medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, chemistry and biology students a day use the Collaborative Life Sciences Building.


OHSU’s new Schnitzer Campus, in Portland’s South Waterfront District, is south of the Marquam Bridge and north of the Ross Island Bridge. The building is the first on the Schnitzer Campus, marking a significant next step in turning a former industrial site into a vibrant inner-city community. The building will be accessible by streetcar, Portland Aerial Tram and a new light rail line, planned to open September 2016, that will connect South Waterfront with southeast Portland.


Groundbreaking was October 2011. The building will open for some OHSU programs in summer 2014. It opened for all programs in fall 2014.


The $295 million Collaborative Life Sciences Building & Skourtes Tower was funded by $110 million in state bonds, $92 million in OHSU institutional funding, $83 million in OHSU philanthropy (including a $40 million anonymous gift to OHSU, and $10 million from Bonnie and Gene Skourtes, D.M.D.), and $10 million from TriMet.

Architectural team

SERA Architects, Portland (executive role) and CO Architects, Los Angeles (design).


  • JE Dunn Construction, general contractor. Day CPM, project oversight.
  • Over $27 million of construction work to minority, women and small business firms.
  • LEED Platinum goal.

Learn more about the Design & Construction team.