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History Corner: Special ‘beam signing’ event highlighted college’s growth at Rock Creek

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Staff and faculty sign first construction beam at Rock Creek's Building 5.

Staff and faculty sign first construction beam at Rock Creek’s Building 5.

On a brisk and sunny February afternoon in 2015, Portland Community College and partners came together for a most unusual event – a beam signing.

The unique community event at the Rock Creek Campus celebrated the start of Building 5’s construction, which was part of the 2008 voter-approved bond measure. Today, even though the pandemic has restricted activity, the facility houses the PCC Bookstore, food services, study areas, student resource spaces, multipurpose physical education and dance classrooms, modern office space for faculty and labs for health and wellness programs.

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, is the Public Relations Manager at Portland Community College. A graduate of Portland State University, James has worked as a section editor for the Newberg Graphic, Wo... more »