“A growing PNCA is a force for economic revitalization in our city.”
– Harold Schnitzer
“Portland’s creative corridor—with PNCA at its heart—could be one of the most influential creative neighborhoods in the nation.”
– John Jay, Executive Creative Director, Wieden+Kennedy
“Creativity is essential to Portland’s economic development, and I expect PNCA to have a significant impact on growing our local economy.”
– Portland Mayor Charlie Hales
PNCA is embarking on our boldest venture yet. Creativity Works Here is a $15 million philanthropic campaign to transform not just a college, but a city by renovating Portland’s historic post office at 511 NW Broadway into the region’s premier center for art and design education. This transformative project will invigorate cultural and economic development in the neighborhood and throughout the region.
Opening in spring of 2015, the 134,000 square-foot Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design will have new spaces for art exhibitions, lectures, and events in addition to classrooms, production facilities, an elegant library, and innovation studio and incubator. Portland’s original U.S. Post office at 511 NW Broadway has magnificent bones: numerous skylights, expansive windows, lofty ceilings, and open spaces. As President Tom Manley notes, “It’s as if the building always aspired to be a college of art and design.”
Acclaimed architect Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture created the plans for adaptive reuse that will preserve key historical features of the stately 100-year-old building while introducing contemporary design and dynamic flow into a light-filled core of the building. This $32 million facility was named with a lead gift from The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation of $5 million.
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PNCA is an incubator for creativity. Through its diverse network of faculty, alumni, and visiting artists, PNCA provides a unique support system to inspire our students to grow their ideas into social statements, solutions to complex problems, and works of art. This is what we mean when we talk about the transformational power of creativity.
“For a hundred-plus years, PNCA has nurtured the talent for answering real-world challenges. Our studios and galleries give rise to a vibrance community of innovators and culture-makers. Creativity works here.
With the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, we’re establishing a preeminent basecamp for creativity that will invigorate cultural and economic development, not just in its neighborhood, but throughout the city.
We hope you’ll be inspired to invest in this extraordinary endeavor.”
We welcome your participation. Your gift, combined with those of many others who believe in this historic opportunity and the power of creativity, will transform a building, a neighborhood, and a city.
With any questions or to make a gift, please contact
Major Gifts Officer
The future Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design was built in 1916 as Portland’s Federal Post Office by noted architect Lewis Parsons Hobart, who also designed the iconic Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. For more information about the history of the 511 Building and its many transformations over the years, read the article series on UNTITLED, PNCA’s online magazine. (http://untitled.pnca.edu/articles/show/6850)
PNCA currently occupies 147,554 rentable square feet (RSF), including Museum of Contemporary Craft, the Goodman Building, the Stevens Studios Annex, the Stagecraft Building, the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios, and the MFA in Visual Studies Studios. With Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, PNCA sheds approximately 57,000 RSF of leased space and unites, for the first time in its history, its various BFA, MFA, and MA programs, studios, and workshops into one building. After
Most PNCA programs will be housed in the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design. Exceptions to that include Sculpture and the joint MFA in Applied Craft and Design, which occupies an 8,000 sq ft studio in NE Portland. PNCA is currently looking at leasing options for properties adjacent to the 511 building for the Sculpture program.
The building will open in February 2015. Stay tuned for more information about opening celebrations and programming.
In September 2013, PNCA sold the its current Main Campus Building to Seattle developer Security Properties. The net equity from the $11.7 million sale is part of the financing structure for the $32 million new campus construction project. The College will continue to lease back the NW Johnson campus until relocating to the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design in early 2015.
The College’s Finance and Campus Master Planning committees, led by financial and business professionals, provide oversight for the $32 million project. Our project manager, Gerding Edlen, works closely with College leadership to ensure that the project is on track to meet fiscal goals. The $32M capital renovation project has a funding model that includes a $15M philanthropic campaign, New Market and Historic Tax Credits, a low-interest program related investment, a local government grant, and short and long term financing from PDC. We will endeavor to minimize long-term debt by leveraging foundation grants and private philanthropy.
We welcome your involvement! PNCA is far more than bricks and mortar buildings and expanding acreage. The spirit of PNCA thrives in the minds and hands of its students, faculty, staff, and alumni – and in the hearts of committed and visionary community members like you. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Sharon Johnson in the PNCA Advancement Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.