The Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB) was a 500,000 square foot project owned by Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon State University and Portland State University and is located in the South Waterfront District of Portland, Oregon. WPI‘s scope of work on this project included Light Gauge Metal Stud Framing, Exterior
Sheathing, Building Envelope Systems, Thermal Insulation and Firestopping. This award winning project utilized over two and a half miles of framing and over 28 miles of primarily 6” 43 mil studs and track. The framing of the CLSB exterior and atrium lecture halls tested WPI’s framing expertise because the angular walls are formed by several different angles designed to tie into each other, somewhat like a giant pie. This framing and layout really challenged the mathematical skills of the WPI team with key layout points not even within the framed area. The angular walls and sheer magnitude of the light-gauge steel framing was a challenge that the WPI Construction Team accepted and was presented with the NWCB’s 2015 Project of the Year in Light Gauge Steel Framing.

The end result was one of the most magnificent framing jobs in recent memory in the Pacific Northwest. Projects with the framing complexity of the CLSB are few and far between and JE Dunn Construction knew that the WPI team they selected including the well trained veteran UBC framers they employ, were the ones who could accomplish this extremely challenging project for them.