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Collaborative Life Sciences Building celebrated

by: PHOTO COURTESY ALENE DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY - Work has been completed on the Collaborative Life Sciences Building in South Waterfront that will be used the Oregon Health & sciences University, Oregon State Univeristy, and Portland State University.The completion of the new Collaborative Life Sciences Building in South Waterfront was marked at a Thursday morning event by its partners — the Oregon Health and Sciences university, Oregon State University and Portland State University.

Education and research space within the $295 million, 650,000 square foot building at the west end of the new transit bridge across the Willamette River will be shared by all three institutions. Faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students are expected to mix freely in offices, research laboratories and casual settings.

"At OHSU what we’ve found is that when we are open to the power of partnership, and willing to work with others to solve problems in the name of the public good, the opportunities are boundless," aid OHSU President Joe Robertson, M.D., M.B.A. "The Collaborative Life Sciences Building takes collaboration to the next level."

The project was funded by a unique public-private partnership model, including $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.

“The Collaborative Life Sciences Building is a wonderful example of how well OSU, OHSU and PSU collaborate on behalf of Oregonians,” said OSU President Ed Ray, Ph.D. “This new facility will have a major impact on the OSU College of Pharmacy’s program on the OHSU campus. It provides dedicated and expanded instructional space and room for additional faculty aimed at providing the best clinical training possible for future pharmacists.”

Located within OHSU’s new Schnitzer Campus, the building will be accessible by Portland Streetcar, Portland Aerial Tram and the coming Portland-to-Milwaukie MAX line that is slated to open September 2015. The building’s sustainable features include green roofs, storm water collection for non-potable water uses throughout the building, and energy-efficient lighting and climate control. The building's design and construction team anticipate a LEED Platinum certification.

“For PSU, this building offers desperately needed lab, research and classroom space for our health and science majors — among the fastest growing fields of study at PSU,” said PSU President Wim Wiewel, Ph.D.