New Eye Clinic’s Completion within View

Elks Children's Eye Clinic building has a bridge with glass that change color depending on the light.
A winner of the Portland Design Commission’s 3rd Annual Design Excellence Award, the new Elks Children’s Eye Clinic is designed to accommodate the unique needs of eye care patients and evoke a sense of wonder. Features include:
• Contrasting colors used throughout to help patients safely navigate their surroundings and dark, quiet areas for dilating patients.
• A striking glass sky bridge to Casey’s existing building which dramatically changes color in response to outside lighting conditions.
• Welcoming outdoor areas, including a sensory garden with seating and pathways.

Completion of New Eye Clinic Building Within View

Less than two years after breaking ground, Casey Eye Institute’s new Elks Children’s Eye Clinic is on time and on budget for completion in 2020. The five-story structure’s glass and metal façade is taking shape and workers have begun installing special glass panels in the sky bridge that will connect to the existing Casey facility on Marquam Hill.

The 60,000-square-foot building will be the nation's first freestanding eye institute for pediatric patients and will also house the Wold Family Macular Degeneration Center, retina services, the Paul H. Casey Ophthalmic Genetics Division, vision rehabilitation and a clinical trials center.

“The expansion project demonstrates Casey’s strong commitment to ending preventable blindness in Oregon and beyond,” said Casey director David Wilson, M.D., adding that it will give Casey the necessary tools, technology and collaborative space to build on its strengths in patient care, research and community outreach.

The new facility will help grow patient capacity by a third in 10 years and enable gene therapy clinical trials and treatments to quadruple in five years.

The $50 million building is made possible by a $20 million pledge from the Oregon State Elks, a $7.5 million donation from the Wold family, a $5 million bequest from Paul Casey, and numerous gifts from other generous supporters.