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Portland Metropolitan Workforce Training Center – Capital Improvements

Living Cully staff and volunteers collecting surveys

Volunteers holding surveys and talking to people on the sidewalk

Focus group participants mapping out spaces in their neighborhood

People looking at sticky notes with messages on a map of northeast Portland

11/14/19 Community Open House

People working on making markers for a map

11/14/19 Community Open House

People discussing what their dreams for the neighborhood on a large poster

11/14/19 Community Open House

People having lunch and talking at the open house

With funding from the 2017 bond measure, the Portland Metropolitan Workforce Training Center (PMWTC) will be redeveloped. A new multi-storied facility will be built with classrooms, offices and meeting rooms for both PCC staff and community partners such as the Oregon Department of Human Services. The redeveloped facility will support the programmatic goals of this center. PMWTC will continue to offer the existing programs and will add to those following an opportunity center model. Additionally, PCC is introducing affordable housing on the property in partnership with Home Forward.

The project is currently in its schematic design phase. The design team completed programmatic architectural meetings with the building user groups and captured their needs for space. An initial site determination was reached, taking in consideration the uses on the site (PMWTC, parking, housing, open space).


Project manager: Rebecca Ocken
Design team: Bora Architects
Contractor: Andersen Construction Company
Project budget: $32,500,000
Square footage: 40,000 – 50,000
Timeline: May 2019 – April 2023
Bond program funding: 2017


For comments on the information presented, please contact gina.valencia@pcc.edu.


June – November 2019
  • Living Cully Outreach to neighboring communities
November 2019 – March 2020
  • Project team training
  • Architectural Programming phase with users
  • Site Development Planning phase
April – June 2020
  • Schematic Design phase
July – November 2020
  • Design Development phase
December 2020 – April 2021
  • Construction Documents phase
March – August 2021
  • Permitting phase
September 2021 – November 2022
  • Construction phase
December 2022 – March 2023
  • Demolition and Site work for existing building
February – April 2023
  • Close-out for the project
  • Users move-in

Living Cully outreach

In 2019, PCC partnered with Living Cully, a local non-profit organization, to gather input from the PMWTC neighboring communities. Through focus groups, canvassing, and event participation, Living Cully compiled priorities and visions for the future of the center and the neighborhood.

PCC and Living Cully closed this effort with a well-attended community open house on November 14, 2019. At the event, near one hundred neighbors, community based organizations representatives, PMWTC staff and clients shared a meal and interacted with the information and the project team. The November 14 open house is the first bilingual (English/Spanish) event that PCC Planning and Capital Construction has offered.

Living Cully Outreach Report

Get involved

Exact dates for future engagement opportunities and format for these are not determined at this point given uncertainties related to COVID-19 measures. Once business is normalized, this information will be updated.

Summer 2020
  • Feedback on Schematic Design
Fall 2020
  • Feedback on Initial Design Development
Winter 2020
  • Feedback on Design Development


If you have questions about the project or would like to learn more about it, please contact Gina Valencia at gina.valencia@pcc.edu or 971-722-8416.