Project Description

Mercy Corps World HQ

Mercy Corps’ international humanitarian aid efforts consolidate in Portland’s Skidmore Fountain building.

THE PROJECT:

Global relief organization Mercy Corps (Mercy) has a mission to “alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.” The Portland-based group had long been looking to consolidate its operations in a single location.

After a long site evaluation process that finally selected Portland’s historic Skidmore Fountain Building as the perfect location, Mercy engaged a local team to help shape and create its future home. A capital campaign, public subsidies and numerous Federal tax credit programs were utilized to achieve the project’s financing goals.

The new headquarters, completed in October of 2009, is the home for Mercy’s international efforts as well as its local economic development program, Mercy Corps Northwest. The renovated Skidmore Fountain Building is complemented by a newly-constructed addition. The combined 80,000 SF facility includes dynamic workspace and a ground floor global poverty and hunger learning center that incorporates state-of-the-art interactive exhibits.

Mercy’s choice of location demonstrates its commitment to its hometown and to preserving culture and history in a sustainable way. The project is targeting a LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council. It has also received the award for the 2008 Metro Qualified Low-Income Community Investment from the Novogradac Community Development Foundation.

FINANCING:
  • Total Project Cost: $39.1 million
  • NCF Deployed Allocation: $10.0 million
  • Total NMTC Allocation: $24.5 million
PROJECT PARTNERS:
  • United Fund Advisors (National Community Fund I, LLC)
  • Mercy Corps
  • Portland Development Commission
  • US Bancorps Community Development Corporation
  • National New Markets Fund, LLC