Oregon Health & Science University, Center for Health and Healing

Portland, OR
Making Vital Connections

The centerpiece of Oregon Health and Science University’s bold move to Portland’s South Waterfront, the OHSU Center for Health and Healing plays a critical role in the University’s ever-growing Portland campus. Standing tall among the new towers of South Waterfront, the Center for Health and Healing spurred development of an entirely new neighborhood featuring award-winning condo-tower designs, parks and waterfront trails.

The 16-floot Center for Health and Healing bustles with activity on a daily basis, with thousands of visitors and OHSU staff. Physician practices, surgery and imaging, as well as education and research, are among the many services that visitors from around the region count on each day at the Center for Health and Healing.

In addition, the Center offers a vital connection to the Portland Aerial Tram—which transports physicians and patients from South Waterfront to the OHSU Marquam Hill buildings—a virtual lifeline between the two campuses.

Knot designers were responsible for placemaking, wayfinding and donor recognition in the 412,000-square-foot Center for Health and Healing. Knot’s placemaking and wayfinding signage immediately captures the attention of visitors, making their journeys from the underground parking garage seamless and enjoyable. Knot’s 8 1/2-foot directional totems are the cornerstone to a design program that allows smooth flow amid the constant hum of activity in the lobby and on each floor. Custom-fused glass disks are used as a wayfinding device distinguishing centralized waiting area on each floor. Knot designers drew inspiration for three designs from the adjacent beauty of the Willamette River and surrounding South Waterfront neighborhood.

From the moment visitors and staff leave their cars or enter through the Center for Health and Healing’s lobby, Knot’s bold designs ease visitors’ minds and assure them that their journey will be safe and swift. 

412,000 sq ft
Oregon Health & Science University
GBD Architects