The Robert and Beverly Lewis Integrative Science Building officially opened its doors on October 26, 2012, with a grand opening ceremony that drew local and state politicians, UO Foundation trustees, faculty and staff members, students, and the major donors who supported the $65 million project.
The 103,000-square-foot facility brings world-class researchers from a range of different disciplines together under one roof. It represents a large leap forward in both function and design. As Oregon’s first high-performance science research hub, it will facilitate innovative and collaborative research destined to achieve transformative scientific breakthroughs.
The building provides unprecedented access to interdisciplinary labs and high-tech tools and equipment. The facility:
- Is on track to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
- Houses the Lewis Center for Neuroimaging, which supports interdisciplinary, multifaceted research in cognitive neuroscience and biological imaging and boasts a research-dedicated 3T MRI scanner and other high-performance research tools.
- Is home to the Center for Advanced Materials Characterization in Oregon (CAMCOR), a shared instrumentation facility open to industrial and academic clients on a fee-for-use basis that serves as the UO’s high-tech extension service.
The Lewis Building was funded partly through private donations. Donors included Robert and Beverly Lewis and Lorry I. Lokey, along with William Swindells, the James R. Kuse Family Foundation, and Rosaria Haugland.
The Lewis Building was also financed with federal and state grants and state bonds, including $30 million in Article XI-G bonds—the largest G-bond investment in academic buildings in the UO’s history.