Rock Creek Campus

Welcome to Rock Creek

PCC is investing more than $63 million, renovating and upgrading buildings and adding more than 89,000 square feet of space to the Rock Creek Campus. To meet the objectives identified in the bond measure approved by voters in 2008, the college is constructing new building additions, seismic upgrades, building and classroom renovations, and electrical and telecommunications upgrades for seven of the eight buildings within the campus core. In addition to campus building improvements, the college introduced a new 35,000-square-foot solar array in spring 2012, funded by bond dollars, and will produce nearly 10 million kilowatt hours during the next 20 years. Storm water and environmental enhancements and upgrades to the farm property used for veterinary tech programs are also part of the overall site improvements planned for the campus. The Bond Program is on schedule to complete all of these improvements by 2016.

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

Ty Harvey

Ty Harvey joined the PCC Bond Program in 2013 to manage planning and construction for the new Swan Island Trades Education Center. In November 2013, he became the project manager for the Rock Creek Campus. Prior to joining the bond team, he worked with PCC's Facilities Management Services on small projects primarily at Sylvania Campus. Ty originally hails from Southeast Michigan, earning his degree in Building Construction Engineering at Michigan State University and professional accreditation in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Before calling Portland his home in 2012, Ty worked for a large scale commercial general contractor in the Chicago market for five years.

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 are working together to salvage and recycle as much usable wood as possible. Construction on the new Building 7 addition is expected to be complete by summer 2013.  Simultaneous planning and design for the large Building 5 addition is on a parallel track with initial demolition and construction targeted for late summer/early fall 2013.

    During bond construction on the Rock Creek Campus the Willow Creek Center, just four miles south of the Rock Creek Campus off of 185th Avenue and will offer a variety of math, writing, general education, health and business classes across forty sections. Classes are being scheduled at a different days and times to make class availability very 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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Ty Harvey

Ty Harvey

Rock Creek Campus
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Mar 17

Visitors from the Republic of Korea tour Rock Creek’s solar array

On March 14 PCC welcomed five visitors from the Republic of Korea to view the college’s large solar array installation…

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Mar 21

Fact sheet – Rock Creek campus construction and updates

March 14, 2014 With the opening of Building 7 at Rock Creek, PCC is well on its way to fulfilling…

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Mar 14
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Building 7 at Rock Creek opens for sneak peek

Monday, March 10, 2014 With its weave-patterned glass facade covering the entire face of the three-story structure, Building 7 at Rock…

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Dec 30
‘I am delighted to be selected as the next campus president of PCC Rock Creek,’ Fowler-Hill said. ‘My husband, Larry, and I are looking forward to relocating to Washington County and becoming engaged in the community.’

PCC picks Sandra Fowler-Hill to lead Rock Creek Campus

Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus has a new leader. PCC President Jeremy Brown has announced that Sandra Fowler-Hill, Everett Community College’s…

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Dec 20
Instructor's interactive touch screen desk stop to capture the classroom presentation for later viewing on the web.

PCC classrooms take a giant leap into the digital age

Thanks to the bond measure passed by voters in 2008, PCC is pulling the plug on outdated analog, standard definition equipment in…

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