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Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue – capital improvements

June 2022 Main entrance mass timber assembly

220606_PMWTC_Mass Timber assembly at Main Entrance

June 2022 First structural beams

Construction site looking NE, showing workers installing first structural beams

June 2022 Site seeing from Killingsworth

Construction site looking up towards the northwest, concrete structures along with recently installed timber frame

April 2022 Aerial view of the site

Aerial view of the site looking at footings, crane and first structures built for stairs

April 2022 Aerial view

Aerial view aiming SW, looking at footings and worker on the crane

January 2022 Staff breaking ground

PMWTC staff breaking ground accompanied by President Mitsui

January 2022 Groundbreaking ceremony

Leaders with shovels, lifting dirt to mark the project groundbreaking

Exterior rendering of the building entry

Exterior rendering of the building entry

Exterior rendering - SW corner of the building

Exterior rendering of southwest corner of the building

Exterior rendering - SE view of the building

Exterior rendering of building southeast view

Exterior rendering looking into the community room

Exterior rendering of the new building looking into the community room

Interior rendering of the community room

Interior rendering of the community room

Interior rendering of the community room

Interior rendering of the community room

Interior rendering of building lobby

Interior rendering of building lobby

Interior rendering of office areas

Interior rendering of office areas

Neighbors shared their thoughts on services and amenities for the site

Neighbors add their votes using dots regarding services and amenities for the site

Staff joined community members to discuss the future of the center

Staff members gathered discussing the future of the center

Living Cully staff and volunteers collected surveys

Volunteers holding surveys and talking to people on the sidewalk

Focus group participants mapped out spaces in their neighborhood

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

The Community Open House promoted strong interaction for participants

People working on making markers for a map

Staff members continue to actively inform programs and design

Staff member participating at open house

Neighbors chatted in a friendly way at the Community Open House

People discussing what their dreams for the neighborhood on a large poster
  • Project manager: Dusty Hoerz
  • Design team: Bora Architecture & Interiors
  • Contractor: Andersen Construction Company
  • Project budget: $36,000,000
  • Square footage: 50,000
  • Timeline: June 2019 – June 2023
  • Bond program funding: 2017

With funding from the 2017 bond measure, the Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue (previously the Portland Metropolitan Workforce Training Center (PMWTC)), is being redeveloped. A new two-story 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. The Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue 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.

By spring 2020, the design team completed the programmatic architectural meetings with the users of the building to capture their needs for space. In addition, the initial site determination was reached including the location for all the elements of the site (building, housing, parking, and open space). By the end of 2020, the Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue redevelopment finalized its design development phase. In 2021, the project moved towards construction documentation.

This project broke ground in January 2022 and aims to complete construction by summer 2023.


For comments on the information presented, please contact bond@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
May – December 2021
  • Permitting phase
January – February 2022
  • Site preparation
  • Contaminated soil removal
  • Underground utilities
March – July 2022
  • Concrete footings and foundations
  • Timber frame erection
  • Structural steel erection
  • Public underground utilities
August – November 2022
  • Exterior wall erection
  • Building dry in
  • Exterior cladding completion
  • Begin interior framing
  • Begin MEP rough-in
December 2022 – February 2023
  • Complete MEP
  • Begin interior finishes
  • Continue underground utilities
March – June 2023
  • Complete finishes
  • MEP commissioning and testing
  • Complete underground utilities and site light
  • Site landscape work
  • Site furnishing install
  • Interior furniture install
Summer 2023
  • Close-out for the project
  • Users move-in

Floor plans

PMWTC level 1 floor plan with labels
PMWTC level 2 floor plan with labels
The layout of the two-story, 50,000-square-foot building includes:

  • Lobby and reception area
  • Large community room
  • Classrooms
  • Computer laboratory
  • Career center
  • Conference and meeting rooms
  • Office areas
  • Common areas
  • Partner space (10,000 square feet)


Fall 2020 community virtual focus groups

During Fall 2020, community members throughout Northeast Portland joined the project team in virtual focus groups. Project neighbors engaged with the progress made to date and contributed their perspectives about the proposed spaces, the design elements, and services planned for future development. Led by Living Cully, local community partner agencies played an important role in connecting their constituents to these opportunities, allowing them to bring community input into the design process in spite of COVID-19.

Summer and fall 2019 outreach

In 2019, PCC partnered with Living Cully, a local non-profit organization, to gather input from the Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue 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, Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue staff, and clients shared a meal and interacted with the information and the project team.


When will the new Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue open?

The new Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue is scheduled to open by summer 2023.

What is the Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue?

The Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue is one of several Portland Community College centers, in addition to the college’s four comprehensive campuses, within PCC’s five-county district service area. Purchased in 1998, the facility serves as one of PCC’s two Workforce Centers.

PCC teams with the State Department of Human Services, WorkSource, and other local community-based organizations to provide skills development and career services at the center. Workshops, one-on-one assistance, weekly job fairs, and other hiring events are regularly offered. The new center will be a centralized hub connecting employers and community members to PCC. Individuals curious about education, training, and careers can enter the Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue to explore possibilities, identify PCC programs that will prepare them for their career goals, and develop the skills they need to be successful.

How do I contact Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue if I would like to access services?

The Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue can be reached at (971) 722-2000, or visit the Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue webpage.

Will there be disruption of services while construction takes place?

The Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue will continue operations in its current building until the new building is complete, at which time services will switch to the new building. Parking capacity and routing to the Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue may be impacted at various times during construction. The current services available in the building will not be interrupted.

How will environmental dust and hazards like radon be controlled during construction?

The Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue project will have a dust prevention plan that will include fences, water trucks, and other techniques to minimize the impact of dust on our neighbors. The project will have a radon mitigation system if it is deemed necessary. Overall construction plans will ensure that workers and occupants of the building are safe.

What will the new Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue look like?

The new Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue will be a two-story building, approximately 30-feet tall. The primary entrance will be on NE Killingsworth Street. It will meet or exceed LEED Silver in its sustainability elements. The design is intended to complement the surrounding neighborhood and include active uses on the first floor.

Will parts of the site be accessible to the public?

The plans include a plaza accessed from NE Killingsworth Street. This space was designed in response to the community outreach and feedback obtained throughout the project.

Will there be affordable housing coming to the site?

Approximately one acre of PCC’s three-acre site will be leased long-term to Home Forward for affordable housing development. It is estimated that approximately 85 units will be built ranging in size from studios to three bedrooms. PCC will not own or operate the housing facility but will maintain ownership of the land. The residential units will be available to the general community. PCC will encourage students and clients of the Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue to apply for housing units as they come available. Some highlights of the affordable housing development are:

  • 85 apartments (18 studios, six one-bedroom, 46 two-bedroom, and 15 three-bedroom units);
  • 4,500 square feet of commercial space for community-based organizations; and
  • two outdoor courtyards for residents.
When will the housing units become available?

The construction of the housing units will start in early 2023 and is expected to be completed in fall 2024.

Who will live in the housing on-site?

A mix of families and single residents who meet Home Forward’s affordable housing criteria will live in the housing units.

Will there be parking on site?

A parking lot with about 80 spaces for the Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue and Home Forward will be located in the northwest section of the site. Access to the parking lot will be from 42nd Avenue.

How is the design team making decisions?

The design team is making decisions in a number of different ways. They are using information gathered before design began to understand the wants and needs of the surrounding community. PCC partnered with Living Cully to engage the surrounding community in a six-month outreach effort. The input gathered from door-to-door canvassing, focus groups and a large open house informed the design team on what residents liked about their neighborhood and what they would like to see at the Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue. During the design stages, meetings and workshops were held with Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue clients and staff to understand how the new building can better support the work they do. Once the global pandemic started, those meetings moved from in-person to virtual.

A project management team meets regularly to guide the design review process. The information gathered in the workshops, focus groups, and meetings actively informs the design team and influences how the new Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue should function for the people using it, as well as the community members living nearby.

Will the new building be sustainable?

PCC mandates that all its new buildings be LEED Silver or better. The college strives to use environmentally friendly materials and practices, as well as create a comfortable interior environment. Some of the sustainable highlights in the new PCC facility are:

  • a projected operational energy use reduction that is more than 40 percent better than the state energy code;
  • a selection of healthy building materials that prioritize interior and exterior materials that are free of harmful chemicals and have a low-carbon footprint;
  • onsite renewable energy production via a rooftop photovoltaic array, also known as solar panels; and
  • an infrastructure that reduces single-occupancy vehicles, such as teleconference capabilities and secure, covered bicycle parking.
Who is part of the project team?

The project team includes representatives from PCC, as well as BORA Architecture & Interiors, the architecture firm on the project, and Andersen Construction Company.

What is PCC’s commitment to business diversity?

PCC has a goal of 20 percent utilization rate of minority, women, emerging small business, and veteran disabled-owned firms on our construction projects, with no more than 14 percent from emerging small businesses. PCC’s workforce diversity targets the participation of 20 percent minorities and 15 percent women in construction. Additionally, the college requires that 20 percent of labor hours for apprenticeable trades must be performed by apprentices.

Currently, 42 percent of this project’s design budget is committed to registered firms with Oregon’s Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID). The project contractor, Andersen Construction, will make every effort to reach, and if possible exceed, its goals for training and hiring a diverse workforce.


The redevelopment of the Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue is on track for LEED Gold certification. Some of the sustainable features of this project include, but are not limited to the following:

  • On target to achieve a Net Zero Building; Net Zero buildings have the potential to create as much energy as they consume over the course of each year
  • Abundant natural light with daylight harvesting controls to minimize energy consumption
  • Occupancy sensors and building management software decrease energy use across all building systems
  • Photovoltaic array (solar panels) on the roof, with capacity for additional community solar panels
  • Mass timber construction
  • Teleconference capabilities in training and community rooms
  • Electric vehicle charging stations and carpool parking stalls
  • Secure indoor bicycle parking
  • The project is eligible to receive all LEED EA Optimize Energy points and all EA Renewable Energy points

Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue walkthrough


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