Modernization + Sustainability at Portland State University
With an official designation as LEED Gold Certified, the PSU Fariborz Maseeh Hall has achieved maximum points for the innovation and design process, water-use reduction, enhanced commissioning, recycled content, and certified wood.
Following the successful completion of the $43M Stott Center & Viking Pavilion, Portland State University selected Fortis for its next major campus enhancement with this $70 million ($58M construction cost) and 217,000-square-feet comprehensive modernization of Fariborz Maseeh Hall (formerly Neuberger Hall). The facility serves as the main classroom and faculty/administrative-office facility on campus. Along with state-of-the-art classroom, office and support spaces, the project’s scope included a seismic upgrade; accessibility and connectivity improvements including new entries; hazmat abatement; and the multi-floor, 7,500-square-foot Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.
Maseeh/Neuberger Hall was originally built in two sections—the South Park Hall-West and South Park Hall-East—which were completed in 1961 and 1969, respectively. This major modernization addresses the significant accessibility and connectivity issues resulting from this outdated, multi-building meld. As the CM/GC, Fortis co-located with Hacker Architects and PSU in a collaborative IPD team structure; the final result is a vastly improved University environment, with more light, more connections and modern learning spaces.