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Oregon Universities Break Ground on Life Sciences Building

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Portland, Ore., will house a life sciences research and education center that will be a collaborative venture between Oregon Health & Science University, Portland State University, and Oregon State University.

The three schools held a ground-breaking ceremony for the $295 million OSU/OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB), which will be located at the OHSU Schnitzer Campus on Portland's South Waterfront, OHSU said yesterday.

When the 480,000 square-foot building is completely open in 2014 it will have a number of labs and educational facilities. It will include PSU's biology and chemistry lectures and labs (totaling 85,000 square-feet of lab space), OHSU's Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine, and shared instrumentation labs with tools for electron microscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, and other technologies.

The CLSB project is funded with $110 million in state bonds through the Oregon University System, $83 million in OHSU philanthropy funds, $92 million in OHSU institutional funds, and $10 million in TriMet funds.

The facility also will increase OHSU's medical and physician assistant class sizes, increase biology and physics classes, and expand OHSU's simulation education capabilities.

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