Robertson Life Sciences Building

Portland, OR

Oregon University System (OUS) / Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)


CO Architects
SERA Architects


JE Dunn Construction


LEED Certified Platinum

Services/Project Type
Structural Engineering

The Robertson Life Sciences Building and Skourtes Tower is a new interdisciplinary health, academic and research complex that engages students, faculty and community members through a concept of ‘science on display’. It provides classrooms, lecture halls, teaching laboratories, clinical skills and simulation laboratories, medical research laboratories, and two levels of underground parking in four seismically separate structures.

Concrete north and south towers are connected by an atrium flanked by two steel lecture halls. A series of bridges and stairs hang from the atrium’s roof structure, connecting the towers, lecture halls and first floor, and providing space for collaboration and interconnection as students and educators move around the complex.

The 650,000 SF CLSB/Skourtes Tower is the first facility in OHSU's new Schnitzer Campus at Portland's South Waterfront. Extensive glass offers views of activity within and suffuse interior spaces with daylight. A terrace along the main entry provides gathering space for patrons of the facility’s café and users of nearby mass transit lines.

Certified LEED Platinum, sustainable design strategies include rehabilitation of a former industrial site, high access to public transit, stormwater management and filtration, eco-roofs, daylighting, and natural ventilation.

Completed on a fast-track schedule, the team employed Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) to achieve the close collaboration necessary to meet the schedule. KPFF staff co-located with the architectural team, the M/E/P design team, and the general contractor in a shared office space throughout design and construction. 


Awards & Recognition

ACEC Oregon, Engineering Excellence Awards 2015 Project of the Year

AIA COTE, 2015 Top Ten Award

AIA TAP, 2015 Honorable Mention for Delivery Process Excellence

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

ENR Northwest, Best Project of 2015 for Higher Education Research

Oregon Chapter American Concrete Institute, 2015 Excellence in Concrete Award

NW Construction Consumer Council, 2015 Distinguished Project Award

DJC 2015 Top Projects, First Place Winner for Public Buildings

Northwest Wall & Ceiling Bureau, 2015 Outstanding Project of the Year

Northwest Wall & Ceiling Bureau, 2014 Outstanding Project of the Year