Rock Creek Campus

Welcome to Rock Creek

Thanks to the passage of the 2008 voter-approved capital construction program, PCC is investing more than $63 million to build, renovate and upgrade the Rock Creek Campus.

Open since 1976, PCC’s 256-acre Rock Creek Campus accommodates almost 26,000 students annually. Located in the rapidly growing Beaverton – Hillsboro area, the bond-funded campus improvements including new classrooms and greatly enhanced student services that are key to meeting the growing educational and workforce training needs of both Washington and Columbia counties.

Rock Creek Campus sits in the heart of Oregon’s “Silicon Forest” and is also nestled amid some of the state’s most productive farm land. This ideal location provides excellent opportunities for students and graduates with skills in demand by these industries. The growing campus is home to the college’s highly coveted welding, veterinary, landscape andbuilding construction programs. These programs have had the unique advantage of the bond construction work as a living laboratory. Students have participated in pouring concrete slabs, framing, and learning first-hand about other construction trades.

 Read more in the Rock Creek Fact Sheet and Construction Guide.

Add and Renovate Workforce Training, Instructional Facilities

  • Add space to offer allied health care nursing and training
  • Upgrade career technical areas
  • Add classrooms to offer more courses
  • Modernize arts instruction facilities

Renovate and Modernize Student Services Areas

  • Expand the child-care facility to serve more students
  • Add space for admissions, registration, advising, counseling, testing and financial aid to serve more students
  • Improve space for student resource and support centers
  • 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 to enhance student and staff safety
  • 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

PCC has contracted with Fortis Construction to lead construction management and general contracting (CM/GC) at Rock Creek.  Fortis, in turn, is working closely to mentor its two campus construction partners, Northwest Infrastructure and Faison Construction, both of which are state-certified MWESB firms (minority, women and emerging small businesses).  This working partnership among the three firms 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

    In the early part of 2012, the campus overwhelmingly endorsed a final design concept for the Building 7 addition. The final design will ultimately provide a focal point at the center of the campus. With interior spaces and functions identified and budget balancing underway, the bond team submitted its land use review application to Washington County. This marked the culmination of two years of work and the first “official” step in the implementation of the Rock Creek bond construction.

    Just as spring term 2011 came to a close, crews started site preparation and initial demolition of the Building 7 rotundas. With the removal of trees to allow for construction, Rock Creek’s general contractor with staff from PCC’s Art Department and the Building Construction Technology Program  worked together to salvage and recycle as much usable wood as possible. Construction on the new Building 7 addition was complete in March 2014.  Simultaneous planning and design for the 60,000 square-foot Building 5 addition is on a parallel track with initial demolition and construction targeted for late summer 2014.

    During bond construction at Rock Creek, the Willow Creek Center, just four miles south off of 185th Avenue near Baseline Road, will offer a variety of math, writing, general education, health and business classes. Classes are scheduled at different days and times to make availability convenient for PCC students and faculty.

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.

Rock Creek Campus Bond Program

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Most Recent Updates

Gina Whitehill-Baziuk

Gina Whitehill-Baziuk

Stakeholder Engagement
Public Involvement, Manager

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Construction Updates

Construction Updates

    Work begins on widening Rock Creek’s entrance

    The entrance to the Rock Creek Campus is being widened and will be under construction until Sept. 18. The bond-funded project will include adding a bike lane, stormwater bioswales, a deeper pull-over area for TriMet buses and landscaping upgrades. For details on this work, see our story.


    Updated by: Katherine Miller

    July 24, 2015

Rock Creek Campus Events

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Aug 14, 2015
Next, wooden frames were built around each sculpture to protect them during the move to temporary storage.

New courtyard for Rock Creek requires temporary detour for pedestrians

By Katherine Miller Aug. 14, 2015 The final project for Rock Creek’s innovative Building 7 is one step closer to…

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Jul 08, 2015
Building 7

Rock Creek’s innovative Building 7 project earns LEED Gold rating

  By Katherine Miller July 8, 2015 PCC Rock Creek has just struck gold. The first major project built by…

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Jun 24, 2015
The Library in Building 9 will be the home of the Student Computing Center during summer term 2015.

PCC Rock Creek gears up for summer bond projects

By Katherine Miller June 17, 2015 As students plan vacations or start their summer jobs, the construction and improvements funded…

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Jun 03, 2015
As corporate safety manager for Fortis Construction, Demetra Star ensures that construction work at PCC Rock Creek remains injury free. Fortis Construction recently won an award at the Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference.

Occupational safety sector shines spotlight on Rock Creek contractor

By Katherine Miller June 3, 2015 The corporate safety manager at a key construction project at PCC Rock Creek Campus…

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Apr 23, 2015
The sculptures in the courtyard at Rock Creek's Building 7 will moved temporarily this summer while the construction on the new design is completed. Photo by Katherine Miller

Designing women draw up new plans for Rock Creek’s Building 7 courtyard

By Katherine Miller April 23, 2015 One could say that it’s like wearing an old pair of Keds with a…

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