THE COLLABORATIVE LIFE SCIENCES BUILDING (CLSB) & SKOURTES
The CLSB was a project designed to bring together students and researchers
from different programs to collaborate, share and build on each other’s ideas.
The five-story facility houses students from Oregon Health & Science Univ.,
Oregon State Univ. and Portland State Univ. in one place, serving approximately 1,600 students annually. The CLSB helps to strengthen ties between
these different universities, and expand their class sizes, teaching facilities and
The Skourtes Tower, a 12-story, above-grade structure, adds to the CLSB by
housing dental professional programs, clinics and clinical training, research
spaces complete with vibration-sensitive imaging and electron microscope
equipment and two levels of underground parking. Combined, the CLSB and
Skourtes Tower provide over 650,000 sf of space for students and researchers to
work together in pursuit of advancements in biomedical research.
This project was delivered in just over 30 months from start of design to
turn over due to a fast-paced, collaborative delivery method. As the project was
designed in various phases, different components of the overall CLSB design
were finalized before others, allowing construction on those finalized phases to
get an early start before the final product was laid out.
However, while this process delivered the final product faster, it presented
its own unique challenges. Different phases of design and construction didn’t
allow the team to have a clear overview of the project material cost on LEED.
They had to assess and make changes throughout the project in order to meet
the LEED thresholds. On top of this, site logistics were challenging because of
the small site. The types and locations of construction waste recycling contains
had to change throughout the project to allow easier access for the subcontractors. Finally, the cost of the sustainable materials used on the CLSB was tricky
because the team had to analyze each material’s cost and quantity to determine
how they would fit the cost into the overall budget while staying true to the
Despite these difficulties, the $220 million CLSB touts groundbreaking
sustainable innovations in their design. Twenty percent of the total site area
is dedicated to green roofing and landscaping, which provides a habitat for a
variety of species. The team implemented creative water-conserving fixtures
to disable excess water usage. The CLSB expects to save 1,300,000 gallons of
water annually. An additional 780,000 gallons of water will be saved annually
through the use of collected rainwater for toilet flushing. This, combined
with the fixtures and fittings, will result in a water savings of 59% compared
to a standard building of the size and type.
Much of the project was built using recycled materials. Old drilling rigs as
pipe piles in the foundation saved the project approximately $3.3 million.
Finally, The CLSB was built using a new, paperless construction method. JE
Dunn is able to do this through its Dunn Dashboard suite of technology, which
links a master set of Bluebeam drawings and CMiC project management tools
that update in real time to job site kiosks, tablets, smartphones and monitors in
job trailers and back at the office. The team saved roughly $8.5 million in labor
costs and $1.5 million in reproduction costs through this system.
JENNIE SMOLY CARUTHERS BIOTECHNOLOGY BUILDING
This new building on the Boulder, Colo., campus was built to support
the long-term growth of the Univ. of Colorado’s engineering, biochemistry
and systems biotechnology efforts. To this end, the Jennie Smoly Caruthers
Biotechnology Building features classrooms, seminar rooms, an auditorium, computer rooms and teaching labs. Additionally, the building offers a
gallery and café for its visitors.
As educators embrace the advantages of growing technology and collaboration, conference rooms in the Jennie Smoly building are organized
around an interior “main street” concept designed to encourage community among the student body. In addition to the conference rooms, the
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