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Sylvania Campus – Capital Improvements

Health Technology building and site improvements

Project manager: Krista Phillips
Design team: Hacker Architects
Contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis
Project budget: $75,000,000
Square footage: Approximately 100,000
Timeline: December 2018 – March 2023
Bond program funding: 2017
Updates: Fall 2019 Project Update, Winter 2020 Project Update

Sylvania Campus from the air

Feedback Fair on April 9, 2019, photo courtesy of PLACE

Students looking at photos of campus

Conversation update in October 2019

People sitting in a room listening to a speaker

Students, staff and faculty gathered for information at the February 4, 2020 Share Fair

People looking at posters about the construction

The renovation of Sylvania’s Health Technology (HT) building is the largest project in the 2017 bond. Built in the late 60’s, HT houses STEAM and health professions classrooms.

The renovation will touch the east side of the building. The work includes updated science and biology labs; nursing education simulation labs; faculty and student workspace for radiographic technology, anatomy, physiology, and other health-related career fields; as well as updated studying and collaboration spaces.

While construction takes place, the programs on the east side of the building will need to be relocated. Some programs will move temporarily and some permanently in order to provide a better educational synergy for students. The plan also includes adding some temporary structures onto campus during construction to alleviate some of the needed swing space.

This project has been characterized by its heavy approach to stakeholder engagement. With the help of users and campus community, the project concluded its predesign phase and it is wrapping up its schematic design phase. During predesign, the needs for and interests in the renovated space were accounted and documented by the design team. During the schematic design phase, numerous test fits have aimed to maximize the efficiency of each program’s area within the existing floor plate and structure. The plans show evidence of the HT project goals of increasing wayfinding, accessibility, inclusivity and adding to the college sustainability goals.

Site improvements will enhance campus safety, accessibility, transit, and connectivity. Campus sustainability will be improved with increased landscaping and stormwater retention. Additional trees will extend the campus tree canopy, which can help cool temperatures in parking areas.

Opportunities for involvement

These opportunities are offered to project stakeholders. Staff, faculty, and students are encouraged to become involved.

  • All-User Restrooms, All-User Locker rooms and Pool Access Student Focus Group: March 11, 2020
  • Share Fair: February 4, 2020
  • Sustainability Workshop: January 15, 2020

  • Sustainability Workshop: January 17, 2020

  • Project Update with Q&A for Students, Staff and Faculty: October 24 and 28, 2019

  • Far SW Neighborhood Association Presentation: October 22, 2019
  • All Sylvania Students Critical Race and Spatial Theory Workshop: October 9, 2019
  • Students of Color Critical Race and Spatial Theory Workshop: October 8, 2019
  • Campus In-Service session: September 17, 2019
  • West Portland Park Neighborhood Association Presentation: September 12, 2019
  • SWNI Presentation: June 17, 2019
  • User focus groups: May, June, and July 2019
  • Feedback Fair II: May 28, 2019
  • Feedback Fair I: April 9, 2019
  • Visioning Open House: March 14, 2019
  • Visioning Workshops: February 25 and March 11, 2019

Child Development Center

Project manager: Gary Sutton
Design team: GBD Architects
Contractor: Howard S. Wright Construction Company
Project budget: $9,345,000
Square footage: 14,263
Timeline: January 2018 – September 2019
Bond program funding: 2008

CDC playroomCDC outside playgroundCDC kitchenCDC building exterior

The new, state-of-the-art Child Development Center (CDC) at Sylvania Campus opened Fall 2019. The innovative center was designed to support the educational mission of Sylvania’s Early Childhood Education program, which uses the CDC as a practicum site. At this facility, PCC staff will continue to provide high-quality care and education for young children while their parents study or work on campus. The new facility plans allowed for the campus to increase the number of children it serves from 46 to 74. The center features more than 14,000 square feet of light-filled classrooms and programming spaces, as well as 8,000 square feet of landscaped, naturalistic playgrounds with a water feature and real logs and boulders.

Opportunities for involvement
  • Open House/Ribbon Cutting ceremony: September 17, 2019

College Center building roof

Project manager: Tim Kremer
Contractor: Kirby Nagelhout Construction Company
Project budget: $5,000,000
Square footage: 130,000
Timeline: June 2019 – October 2020
Bond program funding: 2017

The assessment done in 2019 showed the need for a major roof renovation. This project is in the initial planning stages. Due to several of the surrounding buildings being of similar style and vintage, the HT design team has been tasked with developing a roofing solution/design standard that can be applied to HT and the surrounding buildings. This approach will ensure a standard level of construction quality and efficiency for future projects.

Automotive & Metals building upgrade

Project manager: Tim Kremer
Contractor: Fortis Construction
Project budget: $6,000,000
Square footage: 70,000
Timeline: March 2019 – September 2020
Bond program funding: 2017

The project team developed two separate evaluations of the existing building. The initial evaluation will identify the immediate repairs and upgrades necessary for maintaining the building functionality and academic programs within the next five years. These repairs/upgrades are targeting for the fall of 2020. The second evaluation will outline future potential changes based on current building conditions and academic programs, and their anticipated needs. This effort will help reduce construction costs by considering long term solutions.

Bookstore rooftop HVAC

Project manager: Laura Ward
Consultant: Glumac Engineering
Project budget: $370,000
Timeline: August 2019 – April 2020
Bond program funding: 2017

The Heat Ventilation Air Conditioning unit was replaced in the Sylvania Bookstore. The crew will finalize the work by balancing and cleaning up the control systems.

Fuel tanks above and below ground

Project manager: Tim Kremer
Consultant: Inici/EVREN Northwest Inc.
Project budget: $250,000*
Timeline: June 2019 – March 2020
Bond program funding: 2017
*District-wide budget

Inici/EVREN Northwest inc. were hired to assess the condition of existing fuel tanks at Rock Creek, Swan Island and Sylvania to provide the college with a set of recommendations based upon their findings. Recommendations will include potential increases/decreases in capacity based on existing use, potential decommissioning, relocation, disposal, or sale of the existing tanks and their contents. The assessment reported that the Sylvania tanks are in good condition. There is no further action required at this time.

Utility tunnels

Project manager: Gary Sutton
Consultant: TBD
Project budget: $100,000
Timeline: May 2019 – September 2020
Bond program funding: 2017

The project team is conducting core tests of the existing tunnel structure as well as inspection of existing piping to determine if replacement is necessary.

Diving Pool repair

Project manager: Gary Sutton
Design team: Terracon
Contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis
Project budget: $250,000
Timeline: May 2019 – September 2020
Bond program funding: 2017

The current plans are to replace the pool lining during summer 2020. The diving pool is expected to be operational in fall 2020.


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.