It will be a tech event, not a basketball game, that christens Portland State University’s new Vikings Pavilion later this week.
And that might be a fitting way to kick off the pavilion’s new life as not only a home to PSU athletics, but also as a new event venue and a place for students to gather and learn.
Construction on the roughly $52.1 million pavilion began in 2016 and is set to officially wrap up in time for TechFestNW, the annual Portland conference focused on all things tech that takes the stage on Thursday. Funded in part by $20 million in private gifts, $24 million in state bonds and $1.5 million in student fees, the new pavilion is a mix of new construction and renovation.
The centerpiece of the project is a 3,000-seat arena that will host Viking basketball and volleyball games. There’s a new and expanded weight room, lockers and an area for physical therapy and training. Thanks to a $7.5 million sponsorship from Oregon Health & Science University, the new pavilion will also be home to OHSU’s Sports Medicine Center.
Beyond athletics, the new pavilion has five classrooms, student lounges and several study areas scattered throughout. PSU is also marketing the space as an attractive venue for conferences, banquets, commencements, concerts and other events. TechFestNW is the first event scheduled for the venue, but PSU has at least seven more events booked into early May.
Woofter Architects and Perkins+Will served as architects on the project; Fortis Construction was the general contractor.
Business Journal photographer Cathy Cheney toured the new facility today. Click through the gallery above for a look at how it’s all come together.