Swan Island

Welcome to Swan Island

The Swan Island Trades Center provides exceptional opportunities for students interested in career technical education (CTE) and professional development classes.

The new facility provides classroom and lab space for CTE courses formerly offered by the Trades & Industry Department at the Cascade Campus. In addition, the center offers a full range of professional training and business development classes for new and current members of the workforce. Those wishing to further their capabilities in management, budgeting, leadership, finance and other workplace development skills will find a number of diverse offerings for continuing education.

The new Trades Center and nearby Cascade Campus, along with expertise from PCC’s CLIMB Center for Advancement, will be the premier resource for continuing education, training/retraining and professional development for Swan Island businesses.

Combined with additional CTE programming offered at campuses and centers throughout the district, the college provides skills and job training for more than 20 occupations in the trades.

PCC purchased the five-acre property and 11,000-square-foot building from the State of Oregon. Recognizing the educational value of siting a training program in one of Portland’s most active industrial business communities, as well as the potential to create jobs, the Oregon legislature authorized $1 million from the Department of Community College and Workforce Development for the renovation and expansion. With $5.4 million from PCC’s bond program passed by voters in 2008, and the additional $1 million from the state, PCC began design and construction of the center in summer 2013.

Read more in the Swan Island Trades Center Fact Sheet and Construction Guide.

In summer 2013, PCC selected JE Dunn Construction to build its new Trades Education Center on Swan Island.  JE Dunn Construction was selected based on the company’s history of workforce diversity and community stewardship. Direct construction costs for the first phase of development is approximately $3.6 million. Construction is scheduled to be completed in August 2014.

In an effort to expand upon the PCC Phase I career technical education (CTE) project, the college will pursue development of a Phase II project at the Swan Island property. It is anticipated that Phase II will consist of a new building to house additional CTE classrooms and labs. This project will add four to five new lecture classrooms and four new CTE shops, as well as storage and swing space for career technical education programs. Although the design and intended use of this Phase II structure are undefined at this time, it will likely be a single story building of approximately 25,000 SF. This additional space will be a potential resource for a wide array of technical training courses as well as programs geared toward technology and project management. Funds have not yet been identified to support the larger Phase 2 vision, but could come through private fundraising, state capital, or a future voter-supported bond program.

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.

Swan Island Bond Program

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Swan Island Events

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Dec 22, 2014
Rick Willebrand’s Basic HVAC/R Installation & Techniques class demonstrates basic application of HVAC/R installation and techniques in the new HVAC lab.

Swan Island Trades Center’s first semester wins high praise

January 6, 2015 By Amy Mintonye The Portland Community College Trades and Industry Department’s first semester at the brand-new Swan Island…

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Sep 29, 2014

Swan Island Trades Center opens for first classes

September 29, 2014 By Karen Kane The Swan Island Trades Center opened for its first set of classes Monday Sept.…

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Aug 21, 2014

Cascade Campus says goodbye to Trades & Industry program

  August 21, 2014 By Karen Kane PCC’s Cascade Campus said farewell to one of its longstanding programs this summer.…

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Mar 17, 2014

PCC helps Constructing Hope encourage at-risk individuals to pursue lucrative careers in construction

March 17, 2014 Written by Amy Mintonye PCC’s under-construction Swan Island Center at 6400 N. Cutter Circle is already inspiring…

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Feb 20, 2014
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PCC Swan Island construction site used as a career development tool

February 20,2014 Written by Amy Mintonye The emerging PCC Swan Island Center construction site at 6400 N. Cutter Circle is…

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