Coinciding nicely with PNCA's ArtHouse redevelopment, the College has purchased the 511 Federal Building with plans to consolidate most of its facilities to one larger more centrally located campus, with the intent to provide a similar north anchor to the park blocks that PSU captures to the south. The 134,000 SF building will host the majority of the school's curriculum, as well as studios, gallery space, and a theater. Allied Works Architecture will break ground in January 2013 and the former U.S. Post Office will reemerge as PNCA's Arlene & Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design in August 2014. The city-owned vacant property to the west of the building is also anticipated to be developed into a park.
"The close proximity of a new arts-centered apartment building to the College will make a walkable, sustainable urban campus, activating the entire spine of the North Park Blocks by bringing new residents and 24/7 life to the area while highlighting the arts as a unifying value of the community."