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OHSU master plan confirms plans to shift campuses

Academic programs scheduled to move to South Waterfront area
by: L.E. Baskow Oregon Health and Science University’s Center for Health and Healing is going to be joined by a new building as OHSU expands its South Waterfront campus.

Oregon Health and Science University reaffirmed its commitment to expanding in the South Waterfront area in its new 20-year master plan.

Brian Newman, OHSU's director of campus planning development and real estate, presented the plan to the TriMet board at its Feb. 8 meeting. Newman told board members that OHSU was still committed to moving its academic programs off Marquam Hill and into new facilities in South Waterfront, in large part because of the transit lines being constructed there.

'It will become one of the most accessible spots in the region,' Newman said of the area when TriMet, the city of Portland and other jurisdictions are being new MAX and Portland Streetcar lines.

He estimated that approximately $600 million is being spent to create a 'transit nexus' in the area.

OHSU has already built its Center for Health and Healing along the Portland Streetcar line at the eastern end of the aerial tram from Marquam Hill. It is building the Collaborative Life Sciences Building in partnership with the Oregon University System at the intersection of the streetcar line and the coming Portland-to-Milwaukie MAX line.

And OHSU is moving ahead with plans to build and open a satellite campus on land donated by the Schnitizer family just south of the Marquam Bridge. All acedmic schools and programs will be relocated to the Schnitzer Campus during the next 25 years.

'As part of the master plan, OHSU confirmed it is still committed to the Schnitzer Campus,' Newman told the board.

According to Newman, as part of the transition, OHSU will demolish a number of older, non-historic buildings on its Marquam Hill site. He said they will include the one that houses the dental school, which will be relocated to the Schnitzer Campus. Newman said some of the buildings that are demolished will be converted into much-needed open space for relaxing between classes, something he termed 'campus repair.'

OHSU operates on 118 acres on Marquam Hill. It owns seven acres in the South Waterfront central district, where it has built the Center for Health and Healing and is considering the construction of two other buildings. The Schnitzer family donated 18 acres for the satellite campus.

In 2012, OHSU had an annual operating budget of nearly $2 billion and employed 13,542 people. It had 2,045 faculty members, 2,721 students and awarded 946 degrees.

The vast majority of OHSU's budget is privately raised, with the state only providing a little more than two percent of the total in 2012. Newman said OHSU raised nearly $400 million in research grants and awards in 2010, with the vast majority coming from out of state.

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