Art college to take over fed building in Pearl

Art college to take over fed building in Pearl

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by Joe Smith

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Posted on June 5, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 6 at 5:51 AM

PORTLAND - Portland's Pacific Northwest College of Art is embarking on a fund raising campaign to renovate the historic old federal building on NW Broadway and Glisan.

The $30 million makeover means several things. It's an indication there is a need. PNCA predicts the number of students will grow from 600 now to more than 1,000 by the end of the decade.

Right now, PNCA is housed in eight buildings across the city. The main campus is in the Pearl on NW Johnson St. 

But, the building at 511 SW Broadway will be the centerpiece for the college. The 102-year-old federal building is directly across from the main post office.
 
PNCA got the building from the federal government for free.

The building will be called the 'Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design'.

The Schnitzer foundation donated $5 million to the project. The Portland Development Commission is kicking in $740,000. Tax credits, grants and loans will make up the rest.

The expanded campus will house classrooms, labs, gallery space and a 350 seat theater.

"Most people in Portland walk by, drive by, they're completely unaware of it. It's as if its been sleeping for fifty years. So our use is really going to wake it up, " said Thomas Manley, President of PNCA.

 The Schnitzer Center will also be a transformational piece for the North Park blocks, which will extend to in front of what will be the art centers new entrance.

PNCA expects the renovation to start by by mid 2013, with classes beginning for the 2014-2015 school year.

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