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Updating a Hoffman‑Built Science Building with a Seismic Upgrade and Modernized Systems

PSU Science Research and Teaching Center

Hoffman built this landmark 100,000 SF science building for PSU in 1971; in 2008, the University turned to Hoffman to completely replace the mechanical system and bring the structure up to date. The project includes a seismic upgrade, as well as a new mechanical system to serve multiple chemistry, biology, and physics labs. The building had 47 fume hoods, each with a separate fan; Hoffman replaced them with a centralized system with two large fans and modern controls, greatly reducing energy use. The modernization project also includes new casework and finishes throughout, as well as an explosion-proof hazardous materials storage facility. Hoffman phased construction in accordance with the school year to keep the building occupied, moving affected classes and faculty into swing space on the lower levels.

Contract Type

CMGC

Client

Portland State University

Architect

IDCA

Location

Portland, OR

Year

2012

Price

$28,644,310

Sustainability

LEED Gold

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