Design Advice has been offered to SRG Partnership for their proposed Knight Cancer Research Building in South Waterfront. The building will be the second building in the OHSU Schnitzer Campus, following the Collaborative Life Sciences Building which was completed in 2014.
The building will be located at the corner of SW Moody and SW Meade, on land that is currently vacant. Immediately to the east of the proposed building the campus masterplan calls a green outdoor space named the OHSU Commons. The seven story building will be the first of two connected buildings expected to be developed on the block. Given the phased development of the campus the architects have had to consider how the building will work both before and after the development of a future adjacent building.
The program for the KCRB includes below grade parking, 4 floors of research labs and an admin floor that opens onto an exterior roof terrace. At the ground floor a cafe is shown, opening out onto the pedestrian way and the OHSU Commons.
The first Design Advice hearing was held in May, and a summary memo [PDF] produced afterwards outlined the concerns of the Design Commission. These included: how parking is handled for the campus as a whole; the massing of building and how it will be broken up; and how to activate the ground floor. The applicant expects to return for a second Design Advice hearing in September, followed by the submission of a full set of drawings for Design Review in January 2016.
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