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 are collaborating on this fast-track multi-phase project, the first in the new Schnitzer Campus at Portland’s South Waterfront. CO Architects is providing programming and design leadership and SERA is the executive architect and is 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 currently targeting LEED NC Platinum.

The CLSB is conceived as 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 will be on the ground floor level to display the science being performed within. An outside terrace provides gathering space for students, staff and transit users. The ability to be a participant in the creation of science will lead to interactions between staff, researchers, teachers, students and visitors.

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.




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