Aspiration & Achievement

An inviting student recreation center presenting a bright open place to gather and study.


Functioning as a campus gateway, the student recreation center including a pool integrates with an adjacent public plaza and other university buildings. The signature facility contains a disparate mix of programs including education, recreation, retail, and offices. An important center of pedestrian and mass transit circulation, the innovative LEED Gold building gracefully navigates its sloping site with multiple at-grade points of entry. A flexible, multi-story lobby functionally extends the outdoor plaza, providing a welcoming gathering and study area. A green roof with expansive campus and city skyline views serves as a flexible event space as well as a popular place to meet and relax.

Meeting the project’s ambitious program goals, site and schedule constraints, and budget alignment required close collaboration between the design team and multiple project stakeholders. Through a partnership between PSU, the city, and the state, the ASRC program was expanded to include the PSU Graduate School of Social Work and the City of Portland Archives and Records.