Building Construction Technology: Faculty Profiles

Full-time Faculty

Shannon Baird, B.Arch., Oregon
18 years project management experience. Shannon teaches construction management courses at Rock Creek. His management experience ranges from small residential remodels to high-end residential construction and large commercial projects. For 8 years Shannon was the Senior Architect and Project Manager for a New York City based design firm, where he oversaw projects from design to completion with budgets ranging from $750,000 to over $5,000,000. Prior to that, he worked in Hong Kong for over 5 years where he oversaw the construction of the 210,000 sq. ft., 6 story Printemps Department Store in central Shanghai, China. Shannon has a 5 year professional architecture degree from the University of Oregon and a Master's Degree in Media Studies from The New School in New York City.
Hilary Campbell CKD

Hilary has over 20 years of experience in the residential and commercial construction industry, acting as both a designer and a project manager. She has overseen numerous high end residential projects, both new construction and renovation. Hilary also has experience in the commercial sector, recently working on a theater project in Palo Alto, CA and a dental clinic in Vancouver, WA. She received her Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Virginia, and a Masters in Architecture from Princeton.

  • BCT 102 Residential Print Reading
  • BCT 213 Commercial Print Reading
  • BCT 133 Commercial Materials and Methods
  • ARCH 110 Intro to Architectural Drawing
Kirk Garrison
12 years experience in commercial and residential construction. He has a strong background in concrete work, interior finish, and framing. Kirk also holds a Masters degree in History from Portland State University.
Bob Steele
Bob Steele25 years Oregon Residential Construction Contractor, 7 years High School Instructor, Oregon and California Standard Teaching Credential, Bachelor of Science from California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Teacher Certification California State University Fullerton. Member of the Homebuilders Association, Portland Metro Chapter.

Adjunct Faculty

The BCT program has assembled one of the best groups of adjunct professors in the Northwest. They come from successful construction companies like Emerick Construction, Dunn and Carney, J.E. Dunn, Walsh Construction, and Westlake Consultants. This means great classes filled with "real world" learning.

Spencer Hinkle CKD
Spencer Hinkle20 years experience in the remodeling and cabinetry industry. He recently authored a Construction Mathematics book that is used as a textbook at PCC and other schools. He received the Staff Excellence Award in 1998 from US Bank and PCC, Educator of the Year Award in 2004 from the Oregon Building Congress and the Galbraith Award in 2006 from PCC. Spencer is a certified kitchen designer; he earned a two-year degree in Building Construction Technology from PCC and a B.A. from the University of South Florida.
Walt Lemon CPE
Walt has over 35 years in the industry as a scheduler, project manager and estimator. His field experience, prior to graduating in 1974 with a B.S. in Construction Engineering from Arizona State, includes rough carpentry framing, concrete finisher and laborer. For the past 16 years he has been a senior estimator for a major general contractor in Portland. His estimating experience includes offices, schools, industrial concrete, multi-family complexes, casinos, hotels and high rises. He has worked on projects in value from several hundred thousand to well over $200 million.
  • BCT 204C Construction Estimating
  • BCT 207 Construction Job Costing
  • BCT 213 Advanced Construction Estimating
Bruce Poinsette

Bruce Poinsette has been involved in construction safety for more than 33 years. He is a Safety & Loss Control Consultant, for the Associated General Contractors of America, Oregon-Columbia Chapter, providing safety training and program evaluations for member firms since 1989. Prior experience includes being a Loss Control Consultant for a major worker's compensation carrier and working in various capacities for what is now Oregon O.S.H.A.

He began his career as a Safety Compliance Officer in 1973 and as a Safety Consultant in 1982. He is an O.S.H.A. Outreach trainer. He is a member and twice past president of The American Society of Safety Engineers, Columbia- Willamette Chapter. In 2003 the chapter presented him with the chapter's Safety Professional of the Year Award. He is also member and past president of the Southeast Portland Rotary Club.

  • BCT 130 Construction Safety
Kevin Spellman
30 years experience in the construction industry, including 17 years as president of a mid-sized Portland commercial construction company. He has worked on projects throughout the Northwest, ranging from $200,000 up to $40 million. He received a B.A. in Business Finance from the City of London College, and an M.S. in Construction Management from the University of Reading, UK.
  • BCT 202 Business Principles for Construction
Jeremy Vermilyea

Jeremy T. Vermilyea has nearly 15 years of experience representing general contractors, specialty contractors, developers, design professionals and other members of the construction industry. He has litigated numerous complex matters in the state and federal courts in Oregon, Alaska, Washington, Idaho and California, including public works payment claims, ERISA claims, construction delay claims, construction defect claims, and lien and bond claims. He has also litigated a variety of other disputes including real property disputes, intellectual property disputes, products liability disputes and employment, wage & hour and labor claims.

Jeremy is a leader in the construction industry in Oregon. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the Associated General Contractors. He recently completed a two-year appointment as the Chapter's Counsel to the Board. He has drafted or helped to draft numerous pieces of legislation affecting Oregon's construction industry, including Oregon public works statutes, contractor licensing statutes, and lien statutes.

Jeremy grew up in Alaska, where he lived for 26 years prior to moving to Oregon. He was raised in a small town north of Anchorage and attended high school with a certain famous “Mama Grizzly.”

  • BCT 222 Construction Law