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Sylvania Campus – capital improvements

Health Technology building and site improvements

Cross sectional of renovated HT building

Rendering of building cut across showing Levels 3, 2 and 1 spaces such as stair case and gathering areas.

Rendering of HT level 3 student collaboration area and critique space

Rendering showing the student critique and collaboration areas outside the Architecture and Interior Design classrooms with a large white pin board to display student materials

Rendering of all-user restrooms at HT level 3

Rendering of all-user restroom facilities showing the full length doors on each compartment and shared sinks

Rendering of academic office entry at HT level 2

Rendering showing the area outside the Academic office on the back. Stairs shown on the left of the image connect to Level 3 and Level 1.

Rendering of the open collaboration space outside the Nursing suite on HT level 2

Rending of open collaboration space shows students gathered around a diverse option of seating, there are couches, tables with chairs around and booths for study

Rendering of nursing patient simulation area on HT level 2

Rendering of nursing students at a patient simulation area where there are beds set up for their skill practicing and tables for student discussions

Rendering of HT level 1 student areas and access to stairs

Rendering of the landing on HT level 1 seen as coming from the north entrance of the building. Students are walking toward the stairs that connects to level 2, on the right there are students using the tables and chairs.

Rendering of multi-purpose room at HT level 0

Rendering of the multi purpose room at the basement of HT building with a few people stretching

Aerial photo of Sylvania Campus looking north

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

  • Project manager: Gary Sutton
  • Design team: Hacker Architects
  • Contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis
  • Budget: $78,000,000
  • Square footage: Approximately 100,000
  • Timeline: December 2018 – May 2023
  • Funding: 2017 bond

The renovation of Sylvania’s Health Technology (HT) building is the largest project in the 2017 bond. Built in the late 1960s, the HT currently houses STEAM and health professions classrooms.

While the massive building is divided into three main sectors (east, west, and diving and lap pool), this renovation will focus on the east side of the building with plans to upgrade the remaining areas in the future. The project includes the build-out of several departments including Architecture, Interior Design, Nursing, Medical Imaging and Radiography, Physical Education, Exercise Science, and a series of support and collaboration spaces throughout.

While construction takes place, the existing 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. In addition to the large renovation for the HT building, P&CC has identified about 20 smaller renovation projects on the campus to accommodate all the departments being displaced during construction. Through diligent coordination and planning, the majority of these smaller renovations will be permanent improvements to the Sylvania campus even after the main HT renovation is complete.

This 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 the campus community, the project concluded the design phase. During predesign, the design team worked extensively with the college to catalog all of their needs, wants, and must-haves for incorporation into the design. 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, and inclusivity while also adding to the college’s sustainability goals.

The renovation also includes site improvements to 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.

Updates
Timeline

Sylvania HT project schedule covering end of 2020 through May 2023

Download HT project graphic schedule

December 2018 – April 2019
  • HT renovation schematic design phase: Visioning and architectural meetings (programming) with user groups
Spring – Summer 2020
  • HT renovation design development design phase
  • Swing space planning
  • Temporary Modular Units (TMUs) planning and design with user groups
  • Biology planning and design with user group
  • Medical Imaging planning and design with user group
August 2020
  • Construction of Temporary Modular Units in parking lot 12 starts
November – December 2020
  • HT renovation construction documents phase
  • Construction of Medical Imaging new suite starts in HT west side basement
  • Programs in several buildings in Sylvania move:
    • Temporary move to TMUs:
      • Architecture & Interior Design
      • General Purpose Classroom
      • Computer Lab
    • Permanent moves:
      • Advising Staff to CC
      • Admissions & Recruitment, Enrollment within CC
      • Math offices to SS
      • Math classrooms to SS, TCB, and SCB
      • Developmental Education Faculty to CT
      • Engineering Offices to TCB
      • Health Studies to SS
  • Construction of Biology areas in ST start
Spring 2021
  • Construction of the Medical Imaging suite is complete
    • Permanent moves:
      • Medical Imaging moves to HT basement
      • Library 138 moves to SS 202
Summer 2021
  • Programs on the east side of the HT building move out to allow construction:
    • Temporary move to TMUs:
      • Physical Education and Exercise Science offices
    • Temporary moves:
      • Nursing office to Library
      • Nursing skills lab to heat plant
      • Nursing simulation laboratory to Cascade Campus
      • Food and Nutrition to ST
      • Dance to CT
      • Training and weight room to TBD
    • Permanent moves:
      • Biology to ST
      • Music classrooms and practice room to CT
      • STEM tutoring lab to Library 138
      • Environmental Center to ST
  • Construction on the east side of the HT starts
February 2022
  • Non-conforming site upgrades work starts
Spring 2023
  • Construction of the HT renovation is complete
  • Programs move back to their permanent, renovated areas in the HT building
Floor plan

The plans for the renovated HT building include the following programs and areas:

Level 3: Architecture and Interior Design (classrooms, computer labs, materials library, and support/critique spaces), several general-purpose classrooms, meeting rooms, student collaboration areas, all-user restrooms, and elevator.

Level 2: Nursing Department (skills labs, patient simulation suite, and various support spaces), consolidated offices suite, student collaboration area, all-user restrooms, elevator, and existing gym.

Level 1: Physical Education (weight training space and fitness center), Exercise Science (two teaching labs with four consultation rooms), a large multipurpose group exercise space, student collaboration area, all-user restrooms, elevator, and existing locker rooms.

Basement: Medical Imaging Department (large lab with new training stations, computer lab, seminar room, x-ray rooms, and support spaces), a general-purpose classroom, conference room, four new single-user restrooms, and the existing IT spaces.

HT Level 3 floor plan, showing areas for the new general purpose classrooms, collaboration and critique areas, meeting rooms, Architecture & Interior Design teaching areas, all-user restrooms and elevator HT Level 2 floor plan, showing areas for existing gym, and new areas for consolidated academic offices, general purpose classrooms, collaboration areas, Nursing teaching areas and labs, all-user restrooms and elevator HT Level 1 floor plan, showing areas for the pool, locker room, and the new areas being the fitness center, a multipurpose group exercise class, all-user restrooms, and collaboration areas HT Level 0 floor plan showing area for IT, Medical Imaging, all-user restrooms and elevator

Outreach

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

  • All-user locker room input session: May 25, 2021
  • Study and collaboration areas and all-user restrooms, winter 2021 survey: February – March 2021
  • Collaborative spaces, flexible learning classrooms, and all-user restrooms student focus groups: November 13, 17, and 18, 2020
  • HT conversations with Q&A for students, staff, and faculty: October 27 and 29, 2020
  • 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
FAQs

View the HT Building renovation FAQs »

Sustainability

The east HT renovation project is aiming for LEED Gold certification.

Some of the sustainable features of this project include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Abundant natural light with daylight harvesting controls to minimize energy consumption
  • Occupancy sensors throughout
  • Photovoltaic array (solar panels) on the roof
  • Reclaimed wood from the exterior
  • Green-certified sustainable materials throughout
  • Low flow fixtures in bathrooms and at all sink locations
  • Insulation rating values 20% better than what is required by the Oregon Energy code
  • Greenguard Gold-certified thermal, acoustic insulation, and drywall
  • Drought tolerant indigenous plants and trees on the building site
  • On-site stormwater mitigation

Campus exterior wayfinding signage

Campus entry signWayfinding sign at Sylvania Campus, outside the Performing Arts Center including campus mapScience & Technology building identification showing other directional signsOutdoor corridor by Science Technology BuildingBuilding identification for Sylvania's Health Technology building

  • Project manager: Megan Saari
  • Consultant team: Bora Architecture & Interiors
  • Contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis
  • Budget: $750,000
  • Timeline: May 2022 – October 2023
  • Funding: 2017 bond

This project will enhance the exterior signage and wayfinding throughout the Sylvania Campus. The work includes an assessment of existing signage, the development of a wayfinding strategy utilizing PCC’s Standards and stakeholder feedback, and the installation of new exterior signage.

Exterior sign types include:

  • Site identification
  • Building identification
  • Vehicular wayfinding
  • Parking Lot and Parking Space identification
  • Permit and Pay Station identification
  • Public transportation and biking
  • Pedestrian wayfinding
  • Accessible wayfinding
  • Regulatory (No Smoking, Designated Smoking Area)

View the Sylvania Campus Exterior Wayfinding Research and Analysis Report.

Timeline
May 2022 – July 2022
  • Research and analysis
  • Community engagement
  • Advisory committee engagement
July 2022 – September 2022
  • Wayfinding strategy development
  • Advisory committee engagement
September 2022 – November 2022
  • Programming
  • Community engagement
  • Advisory committee engagement
December 2022 – February 2023
  • Design development
  • Advisory committee engagement
February 2023 – April 2023
  • Construction documents
  • Advisory committee engagement
April 2023 – May 2023
  • Bidding and permitting
June 2023 – September 2023
  • Sign installation
October 2023
  • Estimated completion
Outreach
  • Sylvania Campus exterior signage and wayfinding survey: June 1–20, 2022 (survey results can be found in the Research and Analysis Report)
  • Sylvania Campus exterior signage and wayfinding survey: October 10–21, 2022
  • Sylvania Campus exterior signage and wayfinding Feedback Fair: October 20, 11:30am-1:30pm, CC Building

Medical Imaging suite: completed

New non-energized training equipment

Non-energized x-ray equipment

Students practicing upright x-ray positions with the new equipment

Two students using the equipment and practicing how to take x-rays

New radiology lab

Students practicing x-ray positions helped by faculty

A student laying down on the equipment bare foot let's another student practice positioning for x-rays

Energized equipment

X-ray equipment warming up

Twin x-ray room console

Monitor and keyboard protected by glass looking over the x-ray equiment

Equipment taking a x-ray

X-ray equipment aiming at a prop used for taking images

General purpose classroom

Classroom at the basement with tables lined up and chairs ready for lecture

Computer lab

Room full of computers with a with board at the front of the room

Project completed

  • Project manager: Tim Kremer
  • Design team: Hacker Architects
  • Contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis
  • Square footage: 7,500
  • Timeline: March 2020 – July 2021
  • Funding: 2017 bond

An enabling project in preparation for the HT east side renovation delivered transformed spaces for the Medical Imaging program in the basement of the HT building. The new spaces designed for medical imaging training include a radiology lab used for practicing positioning, twin x-ray rooms with a console, a computer lab, a modest kitchenette, a student lounge area, and meeting rooms. The HT basement also gained a general-purpose classroom and four single-user restrooms with this renovation. The medical imaging learning spaces are complemented with technological upgrades such as new non-energized training equipment.

Biology suite: completed

Panoramic view of new Biology lab in ST showing the lab stations and cabinets around the roomBiology lab in ST second floor showing high chairs around rectangle tables formed by four smaller, rectangular tablesBiology lab showing long lab stations during construction

Sylvania's ST building second floor new student collaboration areas

Line of high chairs on a bar facing the window and other soft seating on a carpeted area

Student area at the north side of ST second floor

Different seating area, some soft seating, some hard chairs frame a hallway in ST building.

Student area with white board wall in ST second floor

Student using the white board while their notes and backpack rest on a wooden table surrounded by chairs

Project completed

  • Project manager: Tim Kremer
  • Design team: Hacker Architects
  • Contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis
  • Timeline: March 2020 – September 2021
  • Funding: 2017 bond

Until 2021, the biology labs used to be nested in the HT building. As part of the planning for the renovation of the HT building, these labs were identified as one of the most complex projects to swing ahead of the construction schedule. The Sylvania Campus Science and Technology (ST) building presented program synergies as well as an opportunity to expand the program’s square footage to meet its current and future needs. The biology suite built on the second floor of the ST building was completed in the fall of 2021 offering six brand new science laboratories: two general biology labs, two anatomy and physiology (A&P) labs, one microbiology lab, and one flexible lab. Each of these labs features state-of-the-art lab stations. The build-out also includes a large stockroom, office space, and unique student areas.

Automotive and Metals building upgrade

Interior rendering of renewed classroom at AM building

Interior rendering of renewed classroom at AM building
Automotive Services student looking at a car motor

Exterior photo of Automotive & Metals building

Exterior photo of Automotive & Metals building
Automotive Services student looking under a car

  • Project manager: Tim Kremer
  • Design-build team: Fortis Construction/Woofter Bolch Architecture
  • Budget: $3,000,000
  • Square footage: 70,000
  • Timeline: November 2019 – December 2021
  • Funding: 2017 bond

Based on extensive evaluations of the existing AM building and its systems, construction started in June 2021 to address several deferred maintenance items and deliver improved areas. The work includes upgrades to the existing mechanical system; a new exhaust system for the Makerspace equipment; replacement of the electrical gear; and the remodeling of existing classrooms 125 and 126 into one large temporary swing space to accommodate PE classes during the HT renovation. Once the HT Renovation is complete, this space will be fitted out as a large new classroom for the Engineering department.

The exterior scope includes accessible parking and sidewalk upgrades in the parking lot east of the AM, new site lighting, and restriping of the existing lot. This project is pursuing the percentage for Green Grant with the City of Portland. This funding would allow extending the existing Sylvania Falls stormwater treatment facility at the entry of the P5 lot. This will not only continue the college’s sustainability and environmental efforts on the campus but will also act as an educational component for the college and the surrounding community.

College Center roof replacement – phase I

Skylight section of the roof completely replaced

View of the College Center roof looking over other campus building tops and trees

Torch applied cap sheet on the roof areas

Worker using a torch to apply a cap on the College Center roof

  • Project manager: Tim Kremer
  • Contractor: Garland Company
  • Budget: $250,000
  • Timeline: June 2019 – November 2021
  • Funding: 2017 bond

Phase I of this project replaced the raised roof areas directly over the central mall of the College Center. While there is a plan for replacing the entire CC roof in the coming years, this work is intended to address immediate needs and resolve existing leaks.

Geographic Information System (GIS) buildout: completed

Project completed

  • Project manager: Gary Sutton
  • Design team: Hacker Architects
  • Contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis
  • Square footage: 1,800
  • Budget: $200,000
  • Timeline: March – September 2021
  • Funding: 2017 bond

Two existing general-purpose classrooms were remodeled to accommodate a new GIS computer lab and space for student collaboration. Thanks to work that entailed new lighting, podiums, and finishes along with new furniture and computers, GIS is able to use these new areas.

College Center roof assessment: completed

Project completed

  • Project manager: Tim Kremer
  • Contractor: Kirby Nagelhout Construction Company
  • Budget: $40,000
  • Timeline: June 2019 – September 2020
  • Funding: 2017 bond

The assessment of the Sylvania Campus College Center’s roof helped with the planning and design of the roof replacement. The investigation confirmed as-built plans, design assumptions, and verified the existing roof composition through a series of roof samplings. The College Center roof assessment helped identify priorities to be addressed by the college.

Child Development Center: completed

CDC playroomCDC outside playgroundCDC kitchenCDC building exterior

Project completed

  • Project manager: Gary Sutton
  • Design team: GBD Architects
  • Contractor: Howard S. Wright Construction Company
  • Budget: $9,217,051
  • Square footage: 14,263
  • Timeline: January 2018 – September 2019
  • Funding: 2008 bond

The new, state-of-the-art Child Development Center (CDC) at Sylvania Campus opened in 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.

Outreach
  • Open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony: September 17, 2019

Bookstore rooftop HVAC

Project completed

  • Project manager: Laura Ward
  • Consultant: Glumac Engineering
  • Budget: $250,000
  • Timeline: August 2019 – April 2020
  • Funding: 2017 bond

The heat ventilation air conditioning unit was replaced in the Sylvania Bookstore. The crew finalized the work by balancing and cleaning up the control systems.

Utility tunnels: completed

Project completed

  • Project manager: Gary Sutton
  • Consultant: Lease Crutcher Lewis
  • Budget: $113,500
  • Timeline: May 2019 – November 2020
  • Funding: 2017 bond

The project team conducted core tests of the existing tunnel structure as well as inspected the existing piping to determine the current tunnel status. This information has been turned over to the engineering team for assessment and future recommendations. No further work is expected during this bond cycle.

Dive Pool repair: completed

Project completed

  • Project manager: Tim Kremer
  • Design team: Terracon
  • Contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis
  • Budget: $350,000
  • Timeline: September 2019 – October 2020
  • Funding: 2017 bond

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

Fuel tanks assessment: completed

Project completed

  • Project manager: Tim Kremer
  • Consultant: Inici/EVREN Northwest Inc.
  • Budget: $46,063*
  • Timeline: March 2019 – January 2020
  • Funding: 2017 bond

*District-wide budget

Inici/EVREN Northwest Inc. was 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 on their findings. Recommendations will include potential increases or 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.

Contact

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