The Downtown Center, which opened at the end of 2009, is the home for PCC operations such as Human Resources, Finance, Community Education and Affirmative Action, among others. PCC purchased the building from the Oregon University System last year in hopes of moving these programs off of campuses, thus freeing up space for more badly needed classrooms and labs. The site was selected due to its proximity to light rail aiding in the college’s mission to be sustainable. The remodeled structure, formerly known as the Willamette Building, in downtown Portland is meeting the highest standards for sustainability and energy efficiency.
The center is located in the Willamette Building, on the corner of SW 2nd and Yamhill. It was home to the old U of O Ducks Store, purchased in May 2009 and was renovated as part of the college's 2008 bond measure.