April 23, 2016 – Portland State University broke ground today on the new Viking Pavilion. It marks the beginning of a $50 million renovation of the outdated Peter W. Stott athletics facility.
Portland State student-athletes and athletics staff attended en masse and cheered the start of a department transforming project.
The building will become a lively center for academics, athletics, the arts and community events. The Viking Pavilion will have a new entrance and glass windows that open onto the South Park Blocks, as well as an energy-efficient design and construction that demonstrate PSU’s commitment to sustainability.
“This is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of donors, Legislators, PSU supporters and staff,” said Wim Wiewel, PSU president. “The Pavilion will add collaborative study space, create a new destination center on campus, and provide OHSU and PSU with much needed event space.”
The renovated building will include 15,000 square feet for studying, tutoring and advising. The new 3,000-seat arena will fill Portland’s need for a mid-size public venue and attract an estimated 220,000 people to PSU campus. Visitor spending of $6.8 million will add to PSU’s $1.44 billion in annual regional economic impact. The project will also create 396 construction jobs and support the equivalent of 24 permanent full-time jobs.
“Our existing building is about 50 years old and deferred maintenance costs are high. It’s time to renovate and open it up for greater use,” said Mark Rountree, PSU athletic director. “It will also provide a beautiful, efficient facility for Athletics that will help to attract the best and brightest student-athletes from around the country.”
The design of the new facility was created by Portland’s Woofter Architecture and Sink Combs Dethlefs Architects with Fortis Construction contracted to build it. The building is scheduled to open in March 2018.
The renovation is funded through state bonds, private donors, OHSU, and student fees. Funding does not come from general operating funds or tuition dollars.
• $24 million in state bonds
• $17 million in private gifts ($5 million still to raise)
• $7.5 million from OHSU
• $1.5 million from student fees
For more information or to donate go to: http://www.psuf.org/viking-pavilion-1 .