Campus Expansion Milestones



• Construction begins on the new Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design.



• Portland Development Commission (PDC) commissioners support a $20.3 million loan package to PNCA for the renovation of the 511 building.


• Creativity Works Here campaign in support of campus expansion reaches $11 million, two-thirds of its $15 million goal.

• PNCA’s current Main Campus Building sold to Seattle-based Security Properties. The net equity PNCA will realize from the $11.75 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 building until relocating to the new campus in January 2015.


• ArtHouse, PNCA’s new student housing on the North Park Blocks welcomes new students



• PNCA is awarded a $50,000 Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Grant for planning and renovation of the 511 Building.


• PNCA launches $15 million philanthropic campaign, Creativity Works Here campaign in support of the College’s strategic move to renovate the historic former federal post office at 511 NW Broadway and to anchor the PNCA campus on the North Park Blocks in downtown Portland. The Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation makes $5 million lead gift to PNCA to name the 511 NW Broadway building the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design. Early gifts include $500,000 from the late Ernie Swigert in honor of former PNCA president Sally Lawrence and $100,000 from the late Ed Cauduro, who established the Ed Cauduro Scholars at PNCA in 2008 with a gift of $1,000,000 through the Oregon Community Foundation.



• PNCA receives a $740,000 predevelopment and challenge grant from Portland Development Commission (PDC) for renovation of the 511 Building. PNCA will provide an equal funding match for a total project budget of $1,480,000. This will fund preparation of 20 percent of construction documents, due diligence for reuse of the 511 Building, and conceptual planning for consolidation and expansion of PNCA facilities –including the nearby PDC-owned parking lot.


• Museum of Contemporary Craft announces that The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation awards the Museum a $40,000 Arts and Culture Grant to support the Museum’s integration with the Pacific Northwest College of Art.



• The PNCA Board of Governors announces that the first comprehensive fundraising campaign in the College’s history comes to a successful close, exceeding its $32 million goal.


• As the College enters its Centennial year, it is with an unprecedented 48% growth in enrollment, making Pacific Northwest College of Art the fastest-growing independent art school in the nation. PNCA also becomes the only independent school of art in the Pacific Northwest to offer graduate education.

• PNCA and Museum of Contemporary Craft integrate in the Fall of 2009.

• Allied Works Project Team Formed



• It is announced that Pacific Northwest College of Art is to receive the 1916-era former U.S. Post Office building at 511 NW Broadway through the federal government’s public benefit conveyance for educations purposes program. (GSA + Department of Education).

• The building will double the College’s space, provide space for the growing enrollment, and permit the College to let go of additional leased spaces in the Pearl District.

• The building will extend PNCA’s campus from the Pearl District into Old Town, further integrating the College, its students, faculty and visiting artists into the heart of Portland’s thriving art and creative district.


• In 2008 the college reached an agreement with the family of the late Edith Goodman to make the $10.5 million purchase of the main building on its Pearl district campus. Significant support from individuals, corporations, and foundations have made possible the transformation of PNCA from a small regional school to a distinctive and nationally competitive college of art and design. During the Centennial Campaign for PNCA+FIVE, the College experiences tremendous growth, more than doubling enrollment, securing the purchase of its main campus building at 1241 NW Johnson Street from the late Edith Goodman, establishing new scholarship endowments, enhancing programmatic support, forming a partnership with Museum of Contemporary Craft and quadrupling the College’s general endowment fund.



• Hallie E. Ford (Ford Foundation) donates $15 million to PNCA, twice the school’s annual budget and the largest single donation to an Oregon arts institution ever.

• FIVE is established (The Ford Institute for Visual Education, which extends PNCA’s intellectual and resource platform through the PNCA+FIVE Idea Studios series, exhibitions, symposia, and the development of a series of graduate programs, internationally renowned artists in residence and other programs, all of which enrich the environment for original thinking and creative enterprise.


Working in collaboration with Brad Cloepfil, principal at Allied Works, a master plan is completed to further PNCA’s mission and campus expansion.