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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: $48,000,000
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 building has concluded its predesign phase. This project milestone means that the needs for and interests in the renovated space have been accounted for and documented by the design team. The Conversations with Q&A events held at the Performing Art Center on October 24 and 28, 2019, focused on narrating the predesign process and testing guiding questions surrounding inclusivity and equity of physical and environmental space with the campus community.
The design team has also focused on investigating options and planning for required swing space. Swing space is where occupants of the HT building (or other affected buildings) will be relocated during construction. Some programs will move temporarily and others permanently. The swing space plan includes adding some temporary structures onto campus during construction to provide some, but not all, of the necessary swing space.
The HT building houses STEAM and health professions classrooms. The project includes updated science and biology labs; nursing education simulation labs; faculty and student workspace for radiographic technology, anatomy and physiology; and other health-related career fields, as well as updated gathering and meeting spaces. This renovation project alleviates $20 million of deferred maintenance identified for the building.
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.

  • Share Fair: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
  • Sustainability Workshop: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

  • Sustainability Workshop: Friday, 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, timk@inicigroup.com
Contractor: Kirby Nagelhout Construction Company
Project budget: $5,000,000
Square footage: 130,000
Timeline: June 2019 – October 2020
Bond program funding: 2017

Automotive & Metals building upgrade

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

Bookstore rooftop HVAC

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

Fuel tanks above and below ground

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

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 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.


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.