The State Legislature has approved $51 million in bonds to fund an education and health center that will house city offices and Portland’s three largest public colleges on Portland State University’s downtown campus. Gov. Kate Brown signed the bill August 16, to officially begin the multi-school project.
The $100-million building will be home to the PSU Graduate School of Education, the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, the Portland Community College dental programs and a City of Portland bureau that is yet to be determined. Lawmakers’ approval of state bonds completes the building’s funding package with the rest of the amount coming from all four partners and philanthrophy.
Located at Southwest Fourth Avenue and Montgomery Street, the building will be the first time all three campuses and the city share one space. At 200,000 square feet and nine stories tall, the building will have classrooms, a dental clinic, and low-cost mental health services for the public, along with ground-floor retail and restaurants. It is expected to open in 2020 and be one of the largest academic buildings on PSU’s main campus. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2018.
“This is the first time our city’s three public institutions of higher education have been together in one building, and it will improve our system of higher education,” Mayor Ted Wheeler has said.
Marvin Lynn, Dean of the Graduate School of Education said: “This state-of-the-art facility will offer many exciting opportunities for cross-departmental and inter-institutional collaborations that will further bolster the GSE faculty’s strong teaching and research activities. I am grateful to former GSE dean, Randy Hitz, who worked tirelessly on establishing a new home for the school. I am also deeply grateful to state and university leaders for acknowledging our work with this tremendous investment.”
David Bangsberg, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health dean said: “The support of the Legislature, Gov. Kate Brown and the community serves as inspiration for the ongoing health and education of all Oregonians.”