About a year ago, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber began the $295 million Collaborative Life Sciences Building on the Schnitzer Campus at Portland’s South Waterfront.  The project is located at 2750 S.W. Moody Ave, and the contractor is J.E. Dunn Construction.  J.E. Dunn Construction hit “a major milestone this week as it tops out the” building, according to The Portland Business Journal.

Besides Intel Corporation’s $3 billion plant in Hillsboro, this project is the largest in Oregon, and J.E. Dunn Construction has just completed over 300 days of work without any loss of work time to accidents.  The construction crews, according to The Portland Business Journal, “have developed the project to its full height,” but it will still take over a year to build, design and complete the interior.

The Collaborative Life Sciences Building was designed by Sera Architects, and it is scheduled to open in phases between Fall 2013 and Winter 2014.

The building will be made up of 480,000 square feet, which will include clinic and teaching space.  The clinics and teaching space will offer Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU), Oregon State University, and Portland State University the opportunity to expand the number of doctors, dentists and researchers graduating from Oregon institutions.

In 2004, the 20-acre property was donated to OHSU by Schnitzer Investment Company.  The gift is valued at $34 million, and it was the largest gift in the school’s history.  It allowed for the expansion of OHSU toward the Willamette River.

The building was also funded by state bonds ($110 million), OHSU ($92 million), TriMet ($10 million), and other contributions ($83 million).  The leading donors include Bonnie and Gene Skourtes.  Bonnie and Gene Skourtes donated $10 million “to make the building the new home of OHSU’s dental program, The ODS Cos., which committed $5 million, and A-dec Inc., which will provide equipment worth $4.35 million,” according to The Portland Business Journal.

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