Portland State University, SRTC Building

Portland State University, Science Research & Teaching Center (SRTC)

Using performance based engineering (PBE) and advanced analysis, designed the seismic upgrade of a multi-storied concrete structure, approximately 227,000 square feet. To minimize disruption to the student occupants and symbolize the building’s modernization, innovative exterior strengthening schemes were developed and utilized. By pinpointing the exact seismic deficiencies, the upgrade scheme saved $1.4 million in construction costs for this LEED Gold project.

In addition to the seismic upgrade of the existing building this project also included design and construction of a new three-story Hazardous Materials Storage building and pedestrian access ramp. The steel framed structure with reinforced concrete shear walls utilized innovative sliding seat connections to seismically separate the new and existing buildings.


  • LEED Gold
  • Laboratory, academic building
  • Hazardous materials storage
  • Building remained open during construction
  • Phased construction
  • Structural System: Concrete shear walls with stiff diaphragms
  • Service: Seismic renovation­­­; Expansion


  • $1.4 million in construction cost savings
Project Stats
Client CH2M Hill, Portland State University,
Square Footage 227,000
Construction Cost $41 million
Completion Date 2010
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