OSU will serve Portland from historic Meier & Frank building
Oregon State University has announced that it will build on its land grant mission and long-standing service to the Portland region from a new location — the second floor of the historic Meier & Frank Building in downtown Portland.
The university signed a lease Nov. 20 with the property's owner, KBS and Sterling Bay. CBRE served as the real estate firm in the transaction. The university will occupy the 39,509-square-foot space beginning Aug. 1, 2018.
"OSU is proud to be a contributor to the success of the Portland region," said Oregon State President Ed Ray. "Our central location across from Pioneer Courthouse Square will build on many existing OSU programs and activities in Portland. We look forward to working even more fully with partners in education, industry and the community to serve unmet learner, economic and community regional needs."
Oregon State currently serves the Portland region from:
n The Food Innovation Center in the Pearl District;
n College of Pharmacy teaching and research in the Collaborative Life Sciences Building in the South Waterfront district;
n OSU Extension programs and offices throughout Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties;
n College of Business MBA hybrid programs in the Collaborative Life Sciences Building;
n Numerous education and research partnerships with Portland State University and OHSU;
n College of Veterinary Medicine collaboration with the Oregon Humane Society; and
n Numerous partnerships with local school districts, non-profit organizations and private industry.
Oregon State's offices in the Meier & Frank building will serve as a new home for existing Portland-based operations, the OSU Extension Service, the OSU Foundation, the OSU Alumni Association and OSU Athletics. The new location will also include the OSU Advantage — the university's private industry partnership and commercialization initiative — as well as some classrooms and meeting spaces.
"Serving the Portland region is part of OSU's 149-year mission as Oregon's statewide university," Ray said. "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 historic 15-story Meier & Frank Building is located between Southwest Fifth and Sixth avenues and Southwest Alder and Morrison streets. The Nines Hotel occupies the sixth through the 15th floors of the building. While OSU will occupy the entire second floor, retail stores will occupy the ground floor and additional tenants will be located in the third through fifth floors.
Tri-Met's MAX light rail lines serve the facility on three sides of the Meier & Frank Building