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PCC OMIC Training Center – Capital Improvements

May 2020 Steel framing installation

OMIC Construction progress

March 2020 Architectural wythes placed at building site

People working on the construction site under dramatic gray clouds

January 2020 Groundbreaking at the construction site

Stakeholders shoveling the first dirt at the groundbreaking

January 2020 OMIC Groundbreaking ceremony

People watching a presentation

Rendering. Exterior view, main entrance, approaching building from the west.

Architectural rendering of future building

Rendering. Interior view, main entrance looking north into Mechatronics and PCC labs.

Rendering of large sunlit interior space

Rendering. Interior view, center circulation space for individual and group study.

Rendering showing students in cozy interior space

The new building has been designed to support the hands-on “earn and learn” apprenticeship program, which will help fill the region’s critical shortage of skilled workers. This facility to be built in Scappoose, Oregon will house training facilities for registered apprenticeship programs in Machinist, CNC Lathe Operator, CNC Mill Operator, Welder/Fabricator, and Mechatronics Technician.

The Training Center will complement the new Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research and Development (OMIC R&D). OMIC R&D is a collaboration of industry, higher education and government focused on creating a world-class facility that combines applied research and development and workforce training to serve the region’s advanced manufacturers, specifically the metals manufacturing industry.


Project manager: Gary Sutton
Design-Build team: Mortenson/Hennebery Eddy Architects
Project budget: $28,600,000
Square footage: 32,245
Timeline: July 2018 – March 2021
Bond program funding: 2008


May 2020

During May 2020 the crew began steel erection. This included all the structural steel supports and the metal roof decking. Much of the overhead MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) began and will continue through June. The construction crews continue to maintain practices at the site to ensure the health and safety of their workers due to COVID-19.

April 2020

During April 2020 the crew successfully erected in place all the concrete wall panels of the building. The construction crews maintain practices at the site to ensure the health and safety of their workers due to COVID-19.

March 2020

During March 2020 the crews worked on forming and pouring the first layer of tilt panels on the new concrete building pad. The construction crew revised its processes and practices at the site to ensure the health and safety of their workers due to COVID-19.


March – April 2020
  • Exterior utility connections to City
  • Form, pour and erect concrete tilt panels
May – June 2020
  • Structural steel erection
  • Framing
  • Building enclosure storefront and metal panel systems
  • Roofing
  • Solar panel placement
July – September 2020
  • Exterior glazing and doors
  • Interior framing and ceiling systems
  • Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) rough in
  • Exterior landscaping
October – November 2020
  • Sheetrock installation
  • Casework
  • MEP trim out
  • Wall, floor and ceiling finishes (carpet, paint etc.)
December 2020 – January 2021
  • Building commissioning
  • Equipment installation
  • Furniture installation
  • Final inspections

Floor Plan

OMIC Floor plan diagram

In the 32,245 square feet of new construction, the OMIC Training Center layout includes:

  • Mechatronics lab
  • Welding lab
  • Fab lab
  • Machining/Shop area
  • Measurement and Verification lab
  • PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) studio
  • CAD (Computer Aided Design) lab
  • Group study and collaboration spaces
  • Testing center
  • Classrooms
  • Tool room
  • Materials receiving and storage room

Get involved

  • Groundbreaking Ceremony: January 29, 2020
  • User Confirmation Design Review Meeting: June 12, 2019
  • Breakfast Industry: April 19, 2019
  • R&D and Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee Meeting: April 12, 2019

OMIC construction site in Scappoose, Oregon

During July , the contractor will continue installation of the roofing membrane as well as the exterior storefront metal panels and Kalwall systems around the building perimeter. Inside the building they will continue the interior wall framing and Mechanical, Electric and Plumbing Installation of conduit and ductwork. Photos updated daily.

South elevation view Trucks moving supplies around the construction site, with people working in the background
West elevation view People working on the construction site under dramatic gray clouds. They are just starting to put in the walls on top of the foundation.

During June, the contractor completed installation of the roofing membrane, tilt panel erection as well as the exterior storefront and glass wall systems along the south face. Inside the building they began some interior wall framing and Mechanical Electric and Plumbing  coordination.  The construction crews continue to maintain practices at the site to ensure the health and safety of their workers due to COVID-19.


If you have questions about the project or would like to learn more about it, please contact Gina Valencia at gina.valencia@pcc.edu or 971-722-8416.