Southeast Center

Welcome to Southeast Center

Under this bond measure, PCC is transforming Southeast Center into a comprehensive, full-service campus. The expanded campus will have two new buildings - a student commons and library - that will include the  bookstore, tutoring center, the Women’s Resource Center, a Multicultural Center, new classrooms and science and computer labs. The buildings will front SE 82nd Avenue and SE Division Street; each will be three stories with active ground floor or commercial space to better integrate and serve the college and surrounding neighborhood and business community. Under this bond measure, PCC has acquired three adjacent properties: 1) the German American Society/Kaiser Permanente Clinic property along SE Division Street, 2) Legin Restaurant adjacent to campus parking lots, and 3) property to the north of campus on 82nd Avenue currently a U-Haul Moving and Storage Center. The German American Society’s historic 1911 building will be preserved and provide space for events, campus administration and Southeast’s Community Education staff. The clinic site will be a future child development center for the campus. Overall, PCC is investing a total of $36 million in direct construction for campus improvements that will more than double the size of Southeast.  New construction began October 2012.

Add and Renovate Workforce Training, Instructional Facilities

  • Add science labs for biology, chemistry and physics classes
  • Add career training facilities
  • Add classrooms to offer more courses
  • Add computer lab facilities
  • Add a library and tutoring center

Renovate and Modernize Student Services Areas

  • Increase capacity of admissions, registration, advising, counseling and financial aid offices to serve more students
  • Add a child-care facility for students who are parents
  • Increase study space for students
  • Increase space for student activities
  • Increase capacity of 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
  • Increase energy efficiency of buildings
  • Make improvements to increase access for students with disabilities

Bill Stauffer

Bill Stauffer has been with PCC for ten years, moving over to the PCC Bond Program in 2009 to manage bond improvements for Southeast Center, helping to transform the center into a comprehensive campus. Prior to PCC, Bill was a facilities manager with Washington County, Oregon, and Legacy Emanuel Hospital in North Portland. He also served as a construction project manager for the Good Samaritan Hospital in NW Portland. Having grown up in the Mt. Scott area, Bill is personally committed to bring more educational opportunities to the area and facilitate the transition of this corner of 82nd Avenue and SE Division into a better place to live and work. He holds a Master in Science and Management from Marylhurst University in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

PCC has contracted O’Neill/ Walsh Community Builders LLC to lead construction management and general contracting (CM/GC) at the Southeast Center.  The two firms, O’Neill Electric Inc. and Walsh Construction Co. formed a partnership in 2011, the joint firm, in turn, is working with Inline Commercial Construction, Inc. a 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.

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    The campus leadership, bond and design teams spent the summer of 2011 fine-tuning the early design concepts and refitting the budgets for the new learning commons and student commons buildings.  As an interim measure and to allow for needed swing space for construction, the 1911 German American Society Building received a minor face-lift over summer 2012.  Staff will move from Mt. Tabor Hall to allow for cafeteria improvements and expansion during fall/winter of 2012 and the creation of a new classroom. The temporary space will also be used as the on-site headquarters for the construction team. Once construction is complete on the new buildings, the bond program will fully renovate the historic structure as the permanent home for Occupational Skills Training, Career Pathways and Southeast Community Education programs, and the campus administration offices.

    Extensive engagement with adjacent residents and City of Portland planning and transportation bureau staff resulted in a design solution for improving the currently unimproved 80th Avenue right of way. This helped to produce an accepted City of Portland conditional use application, free of appeals.

    To accommodate future parking needs for an expanded Southeast Campus, the college entered into a shared parking agreement with the Slavic Church Emmanuel on the north side of Southeast Center. In addition, the college purchased the adjacent property between the church and PCC, currently a U-Haul Moving and Storage Center, for college parking. During this phase of construction, crews will use it for staging and contractor parking. With the construction team in place, it is anticipated that construction on the student commons will be from 2012-2013 with the learning commons following on it heals.

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.

Southeast Center Bond Program

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Apr 15
PCC President Jeremy Brown (center right) cuts the ribbon on two new  buildings at
 Southeast Center. Joining him are Denise Frisbee, PCC Board Chair (second from left)
 and Amanda Fritz, City of Portland Commissioner (right).

Southeast Center opens new Library, Student Commons facilities

April 11, 2014 Portland Community College celebrated the completion of two new buildings at Southeast Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, April…

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Mar 21

Southeast Center bond fact sheet and construction guide

March 21, 2014 With the opening of the new Student Commons at Southeast Center, PCC is well on its way…

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Feb 20
metro council at SE

Metro Councilor Bob Stacey applauds PCC investment at Southeast

Jan 07

The first PCC Answer Center begins at Southeast Center

Starting winter term, Portland Community College students at the Southeast Center (2305 SE 82nd Ave. at Division Street) can get…

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Dec 23
Jessica Howard, President of Southeast Center, and Sergeant Terry Langley with PCC Public Safety, hang out at the nearly completed Info Desk on the first floor.

New Student Commons open for business — December 30

Today – December 30 – Thanks to the 2008 voter-approved PCC Bond measure, the college opened its newest building at…

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