Southeast Center

Welcome to Southeast Center

Under the 2008 bond measure, PCC is transforming Southeast Center into a comprehensive, full-service campus. Two new three-story buildings have expanded the 18-acre site. The new Student Commons includes a larger bookstore, classrooms and an Answer Center for better student service, as well as a STEM center (science, technology, engineering and math). The colorful, bright new Library features a tutoring center, the Student Learning Center, a volunteer Literacy Center, and independent and group study areas.

The new buildings front SE 82nd Avenue and SE Division Street and have ground floor commercial space to better integrate and serve the college and surrounding neighborhood and business community.

Through the bond measure, PCC acquired three adjacent pieces of land to expand the campus: 1) the German American Society/Kaiser Permanente Clinic property along SE Division Street, 2) the former Legin Restaurant adjacent to campus parking lots, and 3) property to the north of campus on 82nd Avenue currently serving as a U-Haul Moving and Storage Center. The German American Society’s historic 1911 building has been preserved and renamed the Southeast Administration Building. The renovated structure provides space for campus and community events as well as offices for Southeast's administrative and Community Education staff. The clinic site will be the last property developed as part of the 2008 capital improvement program.

Overall, PCC is investing $48 million in direct construction and other improvements that will more than double the size of the campus. 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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Bill Stauffer

Bill Stauffer

Southeast Center
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Aug 07, 2014

Southeast Center Administration offices take root in rehabilitated iconic neighborhood building

Completed just last month, the Southeast Center‘s new Southeast Administration Building is now up and running. Purchased in 2010 with…

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May 22, 2014
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Architectural details restored at Southeast Center

May 22, 2014 What’s old is new again – or is soon to be at PCC’s Southeast Center. Work began…

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May 16, 2014
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Board votes to make SE a full campus; bond funds key factor in growth

May 16, 2014 The Portland Community College Board of Directors voted last night to turn its Southeast Center into a…

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May 14, 2014
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Southeast Center garners attention from media

May 9, 2014 The excitement is growing and the energy is palpable. With two new buildings opening, Portland Community College’s…

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Apr 15, 2014

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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