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Friday tours

September 22, 2014

Nick had an eventful Friday, filled with tours and meetings with some of Portland’s great businesses and institutions.


In the morning, Nick met with businesses in the Central Eastside, starting with Roundhouse, a premier creative agency in our community.

With clients including Adidas, Red Bull, and North Face, Roundhouse has established itself as a national force. Launched in 2002 as a two-person operation, Roundhouse now employs over 70 people, recruiting talented locals to create innovative marketing solutions for their clients. 

Go on Roundhouse's website for more information.

Italian Gardeners and Ranchers Building

Nick also toured the Italian Gardeners and Ranchers Building with the owner, Jim Morton.  Located on SE Main and MLK, the historic building is home to a staggering 42 small businesses!

From smartphone app testers to furniture makers, the company epitomizes an important aspect of Portland: our culture of innovation. 

For more information on the building's transformation, visit the Planning and Sustainability's website.

PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design

In the afternoon, Nick and several of his colleagues took the MAX to Northwest Portland and toured the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s incredible Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design building with the school’s president, Tom Manley.

Also known as the 511 Federal Building, the Center for Art and Design is a former federal post office. It is identified as the geographic center of Portland by a U.S. Geological Survey marker.

Built from 1916-1918, the extraordinary building is being restored and redesigned into the university’s main building – fit to meet all modern needs while retaining its beautiful, historic charm. 

It will open in time for spring term on February 3, 2015.

Check out PNCA’s website for more details.