La Esperanza es lo que nos Une: Designing a Community Center That Unites
Date & Time
Friday, October 13, 2023, 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Karina Bonin Ernestina Fuenmayor Amanda Hills Tony DeFalco

The presentation will provide an examination of the teaming and design approach to La Plaza Esperanza, a welcoming space dedicated to celebrating Latino/x culture and heritage in Gresham, Oregon. The design team worked closely with The Latino Network, a Latino-led education organization with a core belief in self-determination, to orchestrate a design process that incorporates the community as key decision makers and to create a design team reflective of the diversity within that community. La Plaza Esperanza, which means “a place of hope,” is an 18,000 square feet community center that aims to serve a vibrant multigenerational community. The building design prioritizes community serving functions with a welcoming lobby, a single-class preschool and playground, a generous front porch, and multipurpose community rooms. The project is pursuing high sustainability goals such as all electric, cross-laminated timber (CLT), a low carbon footprint and PV renewable energy. The presentation will explore how the design team made these features more accessible, equitable, and cost-effective.

Location Name
Galleria South
Full Address
Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204
United States
Course Credit
Number of Credits
1 Learning Unit (60 min.)