Keep Up with Construction


The BUILDING blog tracks PNCA’s campus expansion with a vision of a new campus centered on Portland’s North Park Blocks.

In early October, scaffolding, ladders, cranes, and construction crews will move into place around the historic former Federal post office at 511 NW Broadway. The last remnants of the former occupants will have been removed and the slate cleared and green light given for the groundbreaking of the cornerstone of Portland’s new creative district.

PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design will add 134,000 square feet to the PNCA campus and will become a beacon for an expanding constellation of creative bases north of Burnside. These encompass a wide range of businesses, galleries, and creative incubators including Wieden+Kennedy, Keen Footwear, Ziba design, Blick Art Materials, Dachis group, and Powell’s Books.

As John Jay, Executive Creative Director for Wieden+Kennedy, describes: “Our collective future rests in our ability to create, attract, maintain, and cultivate the business of ideas and innovation. PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design will be the intersection of this city’s intellectual and artistic dialogue.”

For a few month’s now, Lisa Radon, PNCA’s Communications Specialist, has maintained a blog chronicling the progress towards PNCA’s vision for a campus centered on the North Park Blocks. BUILDING has followed the steady (and speedy!) construction at ArtHouse (site of the former Powell’s Technical Books), which will be ready in just a few short weeks to welcome the new students of the Class of 2017. The blog also keeps pace with life on the North Park Blocks, exploring what students have to look forward to when the new main campus building opens in 2015.

We urge you to check in from time to time – both digitally and in person – on the construction of the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design. You can visit the BUILDING blog here.

Exterior rendering of PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design. Courtesy Allied Works Architecture.

— Posted on 07/25 at 07:00 AM

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