• rendering courtesy of ZGF Architects

  • rendering courtesy of Salazar Architect

  • rendering courtesy of ZGF Architects

La Plaza Esperanza

Gresham, OR

Business Type

Community Center


18,000 square feet

A new community center with offices, preschool, and cultural community space. Uniquely, the design team was made up of mostly Latinx designers, who joined with the Latino Network to focus on accessible, sustainable, and culturally conscious design for the Latinx community in Gresham, Oregon.


ZGF and Salazar Architect


The Latino Network

Special features

  • Mass Timber Construction for a beautiful, strong, and sustainable center.
  • All-Electric building designed to use zero fossil fuels.
  • Energy-efficient HVAC system to reduce energy load, along with a PV Array designed to offset ~85% of annual energy use.
  • Has battery backup capability to be a resilient operations center for the local community.

Media Coverage

Oregon Live: La Plaza Esperanza Groundbreaking


OPB: Latino Network raising $18M for new Gresham community center


Blog Coverage

Culturally Conscious Design at La Plaza Esperanza