Student housing complex, ArtHouse, to open in Old Town

Student housing complex, ArtHouse, to open in Old Town

The Pacific Northwest College of Art’s move to the Old Town district kicks off Wednesday as the school’s very first residence makes its debut.

ArtHouse, a 130-bed student housing complex, opens to residents at 33 N.W. Park Ave., just blocks south of the school’s future home at the north end of the North Park Blocks.

The Powell family and Project ^ developed the six-story metal-clad structure at the site of the former Powell’s Technical Books store.

The Powell family and Project ^, which recently debuted its Union Way retail alley nearby (check out photos here), contributed equity for the $7.3 million project and Umpqua Bank financed the debt.

ArtHouse is PNCA’s first-ever student residence and is a major step forward for the school, which is housed in the Pearl District. It will move to the historic Post Office building, 511 N.W. Broadway, in 2015 after a $15 million redevelopment.

The school secured the historic post office from the government through a program that transfers surplus properties to nonprofits for educational purposes. It will open as the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design in January 2015.

ArtHouse was designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold standards. Its street-level retail spaces are leased to Table of Contents, an upscale furnishings retailer, and Glyph Arts Cafe.

Thomas Robinson of Lever Architecture was the design architect, with LRS Architects serving as architect of record. Walsh Construction was the general contractor and Catena Consulting Engineers was the structural engineer.

Portland Business Journal subscribers can read more about how ArtHouse advances the state of student housing design in Friday’s edition of the paper.

Click through the gallery for a sneak peek.

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