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3 Ore. Universities Jointly Open State's Largest Academic Building

The exterior of OHSU's new Collaborative Life Sciences Building.

The exterior of OHSU’s new Collaborative Life Sciences Building.


Three of Oregon’s biggest schools opened the state’s largest academic building Thursday in Portland’s South Waterfront district.

Oregon Health & Science University, Portland State University and Oregon State University came together to build the $295 million science and research building. The idea is to combine resources and offer students high-level science education and research opportunities.

An atrium in OHSU's Collaborative Life Science Building.

An atrium in OHSU’s Collaborative Life Science Building.

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For example, OHSU provost Jenny Mladenovic said, it has an area where clinical situations can be simulated.

“In the past we would have been going from sitting in a classroom to practicing on patients,” Mladenovic said. “You can imagine what this ability gives us. So we work with patients who are actors in that area that you know basically we can video our students and as a faculty I can review how that student interacted with a patient.”

A teaching auditorium in OHSU's new Collaborative Life Science Building.

A teaching auditorium in OHSU’s new Collaborative Life Science Building.

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The building was paid for with private donations, OHSU funds and $110 million in state bonds.

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