Opening celebration for Collaborative Life Sciences Building slated for June 26

06/05/14  Portland, Ore.

First-of-its-kind multi-university partnership will expand health and science research and education to benefit all Oregonians

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The event taking place on June 26 is for university employees and invited guests only. A grand opening event for the public is planned for this fall (date and time TBA).


Oregon Health & Science University, Portland State University and Oregon State University will host a grand opening ceremony and tours for employees, students and invited guests to celebrate the official completion of the Collaborative Life Sciences Building.

The $295 million, nearly 650,000-square-foot building is the first to combine the resources of multiple universities to offer the best possible science education and research opportunities for students from all health care professions. The facility will strengthen partnerships between the universities while expanding their teaching facilities, class sizes and research activities.


  • Kate Jensen, a 2014 PSU graduate in Health Studies: Health Sciences, entering the OHSU School of Nursing this summer
  • The Honorable Charlie Hales, mayor of Portland
  • Wim Wiewel, Ph.D., president, PSU
  • Edward Ray, Ph.D., president, OSU
  • Joe Robertson, M.D., M.B.A., president, OHSU
  • Eugene Skourtes, D.M.D., president & CEO, Willamette Dental
  • Kenneth Novack, president, MMGL Corp.
  • Steve Lam, 2015 OSU/OHSU doctor of pharmacy candidate

*** The presidents will be available for interviews at 10:30 a.m.; guided building tours available immediately following.


9:30 a.m., Thursday, June 26


Collaborative Life Sciences Building, OHSU Schnitzer Campus, South Waterfront District, Portland


New building features include:

  • Simulation center that provides "real life" skills training to health care practitioners, students and staff from all health professions.
  • 400-seat lecture hall that encourages small-group collaboration and can accommodate large educational and civic gatherings.
  • Open-design labs that put research on display.
  • Skourtes Tower, which includes a state-of-the-art School of Dentistry and dental clinics that serve the public.
  • Open atrium and walkway that provide opportunities for conversation and seating space for informal meetings to encourage collaboration.
  • Shared space for OHSU, PSU and OSU faculty offices to encourage frequent idea sharing, intermingling.
  • Sustainable features that include green roofs, storm water collection for non-potable water uses throughout the building, and energy-efficient lighting and climate control.
  • Space for retail.