Cascade Campus

Welcome to Cascade Campus

PCC is investing nearly $58 million from the 2008 voter-approved capital bond to add new buildings and make other improvements to the centrally-located Cascade Campus in urban northeast Portland. The enhancements will not only expand and upgrade the 23,000-student campus open since 1971, but further encourage the vitality of the historic Killingsworth commercial district.

Bond-funded work will occur in two phases. Phase I includes construction of two new three-story buildings and the college’s first underground parking facility. Phase II renovations will occur in several existing buildings, and the timeworn student center adjacent to the Library will be demolished. The removal of the old student center will allow PCC to create a large landscaped plaza, opening the entire campus from North Mississippi to North Commercial Avenues. The plaza will be a center of activity where students and neighbors can gather and where campus and community events can take place.

PCC also purchased two nearby buildings for current bond and future use. The former Paragon Club at 815 N Killingsworth St. houses the bond construction offices and also serves as a Community Learning Center and meeting space for the Humboldt Neighborhood Association and campus needs. The Kanjaya building at 820 N Killingsworth St. is the temporary home for bond construction sub-contractors.

Read more in the Cascade Campus Fact Sheet and Construction Guide.

Increase workforce training & instructional facilities.

  • Add simulation lab for first responder and allied health students
  • Add space for early childhood education program
  • Add space to expand instruction for careers in education
  • Add classrooms to offer more courses
  • Upgrade teaching and learning center facility that supports improvement of faculty instruction
  • Explore and implement parking solutions

Renovate and modernize student services areas.

  • Increase capacity of library to serve students
  • Add child care facility for student parents
  • Increase capacity of admissions, registration, advising, financial aid, and testing to serve more students
  • Increase space for student activities
  • Increase access to food services

Make health and safety upgrades; increase energy efficiency.

  • Install mass notification system for emergency communication
  • Upgrade fire and alarm systems and lighting in parking lots and walkways
  • Make electrical and plumbing upgrades, repair and/or replace roofs
  • Replace heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment
  • Increase energy efficiency of buildings
  • Make improvements to increase access for students with disabilities

Rebecca Ocken

Rebecca Ocken joined the PCC Bond Program in early 2010 to manage campus and community planning and construction for the Cascade Campus in North Portland. Prior to joining the bond team, Rebecca was Executive Director of Vancouver's Downtown Association and Manager of the City of Gresham's Urban Renewal Program. She holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. 

PCC has contracted with Hoffman Construction Company to lead construction management and general contracting (CM/GC) at on the Cascade Campus. Hoffman, in turn, is working closely to mentor its campus construction partner, Pacific Mark Construction Company, a state-certified MWESB firm (minority, women and emerging small businesses).  This working partnership is a direct result of PCC’s goals for the bond program – to reinvest bond dollars into the communities surrounding all of the college’s campuses and centers, mentoring smaller construction companies and spreading the work and opportunity out to minority and women-owned businesses and local vendors.

Read more on Steps to Construction

    PCC will be renovating or re-building Cascade’s Student Center, building a Simulation Lab and a new academic building with classrooms, offices and a new child development center, renovating the library and other classroom space on the campus. By fall 2011, stakeholders from Cascade Campus and the surrounding neighborhood and business community agreed on two campus plan options. The predominant discussion among campus and community stakeholders throughout early fall and winter was the issue of parking. In weighing costs and impacts of several parking facility locations, the campus and community came to a near unanimous preference for building the college’s first underground parking structure.

    This solution will allow the new student center and academic building to be built in tandem above the underground parking structure; ultimately saving dollars and preserving a full city block, (now the site of the Public Services Education Building), for future college development. Many in the community were concerned about the option to build a new above-ground parking structure along Killingsworth Street. Both the college and the community felt that the underground structure would preserve the visual gateway to the Humboldt Neighborhood and Killingsworth business district; keep the future Michigan Avenue bike boulevard separated from the “garage”; and create greater campus/neighborhood integration with a new community plaza area to be built above the parking facility at the west end of the campus.

    Throughout the winter months and into summer 2012 bond work centered on a city-required transportation demand management plan for Cascade Campus – in conjunction with the college-wide planning effort; internal space planning and early design concepts for the exteriors of the two new buildings; and initial in-depth assessment to redevelop the vacant college-owned Paragon building located on Killingsworth Street. After a thorough color and material selection discussion the bond program made preparations to submit design review to the City of Portland by early fall 2012.  The underground parking facility will be open for use while construction continues on the two new buildings. The new academic building is scheduled to be complete and ready for move in fall 2014.

Anatomy of a Construction Project

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    Define stakeholder groups. Establish communication and decision-making processes. Identify program area liaisons, guiding principles and goals as well as external consultation needs.

Schematic Design (SD)

    Establish the general scope, conceptual design, scale and relationships among the various parts of a project. Explore promising alternative design solutions. Arrive at a clearly defined concept.

Design Development (DD)

    Expand upon the approved schematic design studies. Develop more detailed drawings. Detail plans, outline specifications of major materials and room finishes, verify compliance with building codes.

Construction Documents//Pre-construction//Permitting

    Develop final detailed construction drawings, specifications and costs. Prepare bid documents to competitively bid work and select sub-contractors. Secure required documentation and permitting to begin construction. Develop and implement construction communications plan.


    Begin construction. Maintain site safety and security. Coordinate work, monitor costs and schedules and stakeholder communications throughout the process.

Set-Up // Commissionin

    Install final improvements in preparing a space for the occupants. Install technical equipment, (audio-visual, digital, internet services etc.), furniture, signage, and make equipment operational. Provide training on building mechanicals etc. – key operational personnel tour the building and learn about building components.


    The time when occupants settle in, bring in personal items, set-up work spaces, and non-owner provided equipment.

Cascade Campus Bond Program

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Rebecca Ocken

Rebecca Ocken

Cascade Campus Bond
Project Manager

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Construction Updates

Construction Updates

    Next phase of Cascade bond work begins with Library

    Find the lastest news on construction at Cascade Campus in this story.



    Updated by: Katherine Miller

    June 25, 2015

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Oct 30, 2015
PCC's John Slaughter leads a women's basketball class at Cascade. The gym was recently given acoustic treatments and a new sound system.

Acoustic upgrades at Cascade gym prove to be a sound choice

By Katherine Miller Oct. 30, 2015 Up until this fall, being a spectator, student or staffer in PCC Cascade’s Physical…

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Sep 15, 2015
Painters applied one last coat in SSB as furniture and office supplies were moved in.

Summer work complete, Cascade staff returns to Student Services Building

By Katherine Miller Sept. 15, 2015 Improvements funded by the voter-approved bond measure have reached a new milestone at Cascade…

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Aug 06, 2015
The demolition of Cascade's old Student Center will make way for a new plaza and remodel of the Library.

Vision of campus plaza begins with demolition of Cascade’s Student Center

By Katherine Miller Aug. 6, 2015 Cascade’s Student Center is no more. Wrecking crews this week finished pushing in the…

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Jul 30, 2015
With trees and other large landscaping, Hoffman helped homeowners remove plants using a backhoe.

Cascade’s displaced landscaping finds new homes on Free Plant Day

By Katherine Miller July 29, 2015 “Save a tree!” was the order of the day at PCC Cascade recently as…

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Jul 24, 2015
Starting July 29, the walls of Student Center will come down -- although not with a wrecking ball.

Demolition begins on Cascade’s old Student Center

By Katherine Miller July 24, 2015 The walls at PCC Cascade’s old Student Center are set to come tumbling down…

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