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'Our work in Portland complements Oregon State's teaching, research, and outreach and engagement mission and the work we do at our campuses in Corvallis and Bend - and major initiatives, such as the Marine Studies Initiative along Oregon's coast and globally.'

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Oregon State University signed a lease Monday, Nov. 20, to occupy the second floor of the Meier & Frank Building in downtown Portland.Oregon State University is moving its Portland-area programs to the historic Meier & Frank Building.

The university signed a lease Nov. 20 with the property's owner, KBS and Sterling Bay to occupy 39,509 square feet of the building's second floor beginning Aug. 1, 2018. The offices will be home to the university's OSU Extension Service, the OSU Foundation, the OSU Alumni Association and OSU Athletics. The new location also will be used by OSU Advantage, the university's private industry partnership and commercialization initiative, as well as some classrooms and meeting rooms.

"Serving the Portland region is part of OSU's 149-year mission as Oregon's statewide university," said OSU President Ed Ray. "Our work in Portland complements Oregon State's teaching, research, and outreach and engagement mission and the work we do at our campuses in Corvallis and Bend — and major initiatives, such as the Marine Studies Initiative along Oregon's coast and globally."

The 15-story Meier & Frank Building is between Southwest Fifth and Sixth avenues, and Alder and Morrison streets has the Nines Hotel on its upper floors and retail space on the ground floor. OSU programs will be on the second floor, with additional tenants in the third through fifth floors.

Right now, OSU has the Food Innovation Center in the Pearl District; the College of Pharmacy teaching and research in the Collaborative Life Sciences Building in the South Waterfront district; OSU extension offices throughout Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties; the College of Business MBA hybrid programs in the Collaborative Life Sciences Building; several education and research partnerships with Portland State University and OHSU; the College of Veterinary Medicine collaboration with the Oregon Humane Society; and partnerships with local school districts, nonprofit organizations and private industry.

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