University of Portland Receives $12 Million for Engineering Classrooms, Labs

The has announced a $12 million gift from alumnus Donald Shiley and his wife, Darlene, to expand and renovate the school's engineering building.

The largest gift in the Oregon university's history will support the remodeling of Engineering Hall, which was built in 1948, including the addition of new laboratories and classrooms outfitted with the latest technology. In addition, the facade of the building will receive a major facelift. The project is expected to cost approximately $20 million and could get under way by late summer.

Donald Shiley graduated from UP in 1951 and later invented a heart valve and various medical devices. Subsequently, he and his wife helped fund what is now called the Shiley Microbiology Laboratory at the university. "The work of Donald Shiley has saved the lives of many thousands of men and women and children," said UP president William Beauchamp. "It is our conviction that this gift from Donald and Darlene will...change and better the lives of many thousands more."

"." University of Portland Press Release 03/19/2007.