Collaborative Life Sciences Building & Skourtes Tower for Oregon Health & Science University, Portland State University and Oregon State University

The Oregon University System and Oregon Health & Science University are partners in the Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB), a new allied health, academic and research building. SERA and CO Architects collaborated on this fast-track multi-phase project, the first in the Schnitzer Campus at Portland’s South Waterfront. CO Architects provided programming and design leadership and SERA was the executive architect, providing leadership in project management, BIM integration and sustainability design. The CLSB incorporates classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories, retail space, and underground parking. The adjoining Skourtes Tower houses OHSU’s School of Dentistry clinical, training, and research spaces. The two buildings together comprise approximately 650,000 gsf of new construction in 12-stories. The project is certified LEED NC Platinum.

The CLSB is an innovative model of interdisciplinary health sciences research and education. It engages students, faculty and pedestrians through a concept of “science on display.” A glass atrium serves as the front entrance, providing transparent walls that allow visual penetration deep inside the building from the future campus and city streets, with dynamic connections between program elements. Several teaching labs on the ground floor level display the science being performed within. An outside terrace offers gathering space for students, staff and transit users.

Sustainable design strategies include transformation of an existing brownfield, high access to public transit, stormwater management, eco-roofs to reduce stormwater runoff, non-potable water for toilet flushing, atrium heat recovery, and low ventilation fume hoods. In addition, innovative material re-use includes salvaging oil drilling pipes for foundation piles and repurposing existing site fencing.




  • 2015 AIA COTE Top Ten Award

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  • 2015 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture Merit Award

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  • ACEC Oregon's Engineering Excellence Awards 2015 "Project of the Year"

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  • Northwest Wall & Ceiling Bureau's 2015 Outstanding Project of the Year Award

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