Oregon Health & Science University Knight Cancer Research Building

In September 2013, Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny, laid down an unexpected and unprecedented fundraising challenge: the Knights pledged to donate $500 million to Oregon Health & Science University’s (OHSU) Knight Cancer Institute if the school could raise an additional $500 million. The aim of the Knight Cancer Challenge was to raise a cumulative $1 billion in two years to revolutionize early cancer detection and treatment. By June 2015, the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute met the fundraising challenge, raising $1 billion for cancer research. Funds would be used over the next ten years to fight cancer, support construction and development of a new Knight Cancer Research Building, create new cancer clinical facilities on Portland's South Waterfront, and create an endowment for future ongoing income.

As part of the Cancer program, OHSU built a new six-story, 360,000 square foot interdisciplinary wet lab research building on OHSU’s South waterfront campus. CBRE | Heery’s commissioning team assisted with defining, developing and documenting the owner’s project requirements and provided design phase commissioning services. The project was required to attain a minimum of LEED Gold certification, and the project team was tasked with identifying a clearly defined path to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The project was delivered under a collaborative Integrated Project Delivery method and permitting took a phased approach, including individual permit packages for shell and core and build-out. 

Since 2014, CBRE | Heery has assisted Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Design & Construction and Facilities Operations Departments on Project Commissioning and Asset Inventory. The firm’s West Region commissioning group has been instrumental in helping to refine OHSU construction documentation practices, and in developing tools and processes to implement an organization-wide asset acceptance and testing procedure. CBRE | Heery’s commissioning experts have served an integral role in developing construction project guidelines for asset acceptance and testing for all projects, systems and equipment, large to small in scale and value; developing guidelines for asset inventory based on recognized NIBS COBie principles; and developing a data set tool to centrally track the status and specifics of each building asset constructed, owned and maintained by OHSU.