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Urban Center and Plaza

Project Info

Portland State University
Portland, Oregon
130,000 sf
Completed in 2000

The $33.5 million Portland State University Urban Center and University Plaza form the centerpiece of the 52-block University District in south downtown Portland. Located along SW Montgomery Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, the building and plaza create a major urban gateway between PSU and Portland’s downtown. The project incorporates a transit center, retail space and the university bookstore, with potential for as much as one million square feet of new mixed-use development in the district. The Urban Center is a seven-story, 130,000 sf building which defines the northern edge of the plaza. It houses PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs, a distance learning center, university classrooms, conference facilities and retail space.


AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Citation Award
AIA Portland Chapter Merit Award
AIA Portland Chapter People’s Choice Award
AIA Portland Chapter Unbuilt Merit Award