Science Building 2 (SB2) is located in the heart of the Portland State University (PSU) urban campus. Originally constructed in 1971, the building was badly outdated and in need of significant upgrades to meet city and state building codes, and to accommodate PSU’s growth.
In 2005, the University engaged IDCA to develop a “Building Advisory Committee Report,” an investigation and assessment of SB2 in light of PSU’s needs and goals. Completed in 2006, this study served as the basis for efforts to seek public funding and community support for a new Science and Research Teaching Complex on campus.
IDCA also created a fundraising donor’s package, comprised of 2D graphics and virtual and physical models, which outlined and defined the University’s vision and goals for the project. This document served as the basis for soliciting and acquiring both state funding and private donor support.
IDCA was subsequently selected to provide architectural design and engineering for major renovations and additions to SB2, which represents the first phase in the creation of the new complex. The project scope included structural, mechanical and electrical upgrades, addition of new labs and a hazardous material facility, student areas, as well as functional and aesthetic improvements to the existing laboratories.
Encompassing approximately 250,000 GSF, the renovated SB2 houses research and teaching labs for biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physics; as well as offices and a student commons. The facility will help attract top faculty and students by strengthening interdisciplinary connections and aligning leading programs in environmental science, pharmaceuticals, and nanotechnology.