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Pacific Northwest College of Art

Size: 145,000 square feet
Construction Cost: $34 Million
Start/End date: 2011 – 2015
Architect: Allied Works Architecture
Developer: Gerding Edlen
Contractor: Howard S. Wright
Owner: Pacific Northwest College of Art
Awards: IES Lighting Design National Award of Merit Winner, 2016
Services: Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Lighting Design, Technology Integration, Energy Modeling, Commissioning

Portland, Oregon

The Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) sought to convert Portland’s historic post office into a new campus and thriving center for 21st Century art and design education. Centrally located in the creative corridor of Portland’s North Park Blocks, this historic renovation is a sustainable, state-of-the-art facility that serves as a cultural hub of galleries, theatre, and learning spaces for students, artists, and public programs.

Glumac designed the facility’s energy-efficient mechanical, electrical, plumbing, lighting, and integrated technology systems. Glumac also provided Energy Analysis and Commissioning Services to tune the building to LEED Platinum Certification standards. All parties worked to conserve and restore existing systems and fixtures to reduce material costs and preserve parts of the buildings’ rich history.

As a result of sustainable systems design, efficient HVAC systems, daylighting, electric lighting, and controls reduce energy-costs by a forecasted 40%, or $90,000/year compared to minimum code-standard design.


  • High-efficiency lighting + controls: LED Luminaires, daylit gallery spaces, and daylighting controls
  • Highly flexible lighting layout and technology solutions that allow artists to tune spaces to their creative needs
  • Access controls, telecom infrastructure + A/V wireless systems
  • Thermal comfort + energy analysis for rooftop PV array for greater energy saving measures modeling for tax rebate incentives
  • Fire Safety Design + Commissioning

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February 25, 2021