The 2008 voter-approved capital construction bond allowed PCC to spend $37.2 million to build a three-story, mixed-use development at Willow Creek. The center was completed in 2010 and earned a LEED Platinum rating thanks to a number of sustainability features, such as solar panels and water-efficient fixtures and landscaping.
The 100,000-square-foot building, located at TriMet's Willow Creek Transit Center, houses the Washington County Workforce Training Center, seven computer classrooms, 17 general purpose classrooms, a GED testing center, four labs, a wellness room, and a large multipurpose room for special events. The center is also home to PCC’s Computer Education and Community Education departments, as well as many other college programs such as GED classes, nursing assistant training, medical assisting and emergency medical services.
Increase workforce training & instructional facilities.
- Add simulation lab for first responder and allied health students
- Add space for early childhood education program
- Add space to expand instruction for careers in education
- Add classrooms to offer more courses
- Upgrade teaching and learning center facility that supports improvement of faculty instruction
- Explore and implement parking solutions
Renovate and modernize student services areas.
- Increase capacity of library to serve students
- Add child care facility for student parents
- Increase capacity of admissions, registration, advising, financial aid, and testing to serve more students
- Increase space for student activities
- Increase access to food services
Make health & safety upgrades; increase efficiency
- Install mass notification system for emergency communication
- Upgrade fire and alarm systems and lighting in parking lots and walkways
- Make electrical and plumbing upgrades, repair and/or replace roofs
- Replace heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment
- Increase energy efficiency of buildings
- Make improvements to increase access for students with disabilities
Gary Sutton joined the PCC Bond Program in 2009 to manage planning and construction for three new centers: the Newberg Center, the Willow Creek Center and the Downtown Center in Portland. All three centers have been completed, leaving Gary to focus all of his attention on a much-needed facelift for PCC’s oldest campus - Sylvania. Prior to joining the bond team, Gary worked with a major general contractor in the Portland metro area for five years as a construction project manager.