Sylvania Campus

Welcome to Sylvania Campus

With the passage of the 2008 voter-approved capital construction program, PCC is able to invest $64.6 million in improvements and upgrades at its Sylvania Campus. Open since 1968, Sylvania is the college’s oldest and largest campus at 122 acres and one million square feet of building space.

Substantial renovations are planned for most of the buildings on the Sylvania Campus. These include seismic and technology upgrades, improved lighting and acoustics, and replacement of outdated or worn equipment, furniture, carpeting and other finishes. Significant energy upgrades, such as replacing the campus’ central boiler system to increase efficiency and reduce the college’s carbon footprint, will advance PCC’s 2013 Climate Action Plan.

Overall, crews will renovate about 170,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory and office space, as well as build a 1,500-square-foot storage facility for the automotive building. The largest project is a modernization of nearly 75 percent of the College Center. The ring road which encircles the campus was completed to enhance accessibility in case of emergencies.

Read more in the Sylvania Campus Fact Sheet and Construction Guide.

Add and Renovate Workforce Training, Instructional Facilities

  • Update and expand dental assisting and dental hygiene facilities to serve more students
  • Upgrade machine manufacturing, radiography, photography and design facilities
  • Renovate classrooms and update science labs, including chemistry and biology
  • Upgrade engineering facilities to add training for renewable energy systems and biomedical technology
  • Upgrade automotive facilities to add an alternative fuel program and integrate hybrid safety
  • Add classrooms to offer more courses

Renovate and Modernize Student Services Areas

  • Renovate student services areas including admissions, registration, advising, counseling, and business office, to make them more convenient to students
  • Build a new, larger child-care facility to serve more students
  • Increase space for student activities

Make Health and Safety Upgrades; Increase Energy Efficiency

  • Upgrade fire and alarm systems and lighting in parking lots and walkways
  • Install mass notification system for emergency communication
  • Make electrical and plumbing upgrades, repair and/or replace roofs
  • Replace heating, ventilating, air conditioning equipment
  • Increase energy efficiency of buildings, including repair and upgrade of solar panels
  • Upgrade storm water management to prevent runoff
  • Make improvements to increase access for students with disabilities

Gary Sutton

Gary Sutton joined the PCC Bond Program in 2009 to manage planning and construction for three new centers: the Newberg Center, the Willow Creek Center and the Downtown Center in Portland. All three centers have been completed, leaving Gary to focus all of his attention on a much-needed facelift for PCC’s oldest campus - Sylvania. Prior to joining the bond team, Gary worked with a major general contractor in the Portland metro area for five years as a construction project manager.

PCC has contracted with Howard S. Wright to lead construction management and general contracting (CM/GC) at the Sylvania Campus. Given that the work on the campus has many smaller construction opportunities, the firm will be seeking involvement from smaller construction companies and state-certified MWESB firms (minority, women and emerging small businesses). This fits with 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

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.

Sylvania Campus Bond Program

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Most Recent Updates

Gary Sutton

Gary Sutton

Sylvania Campus
Program Manager

Construction Updates

Construction Updates

    New temporary wall marks half-way point for the College Center improvements

    An exciting milestone has been reached marking the halfway point for Phase II of the bond improvements at Sylvania’s College Center (CC). In order for this work to continue, the doors that lead into the Answer Center space on the east side of the building (across from the Library) have been closed, to be followed by the construction of a temporary wall.  The doors are expected to be reopened in early November. See the map of showing the affected doors and the proposed location of the new wall.  The Answer Center, Orientation Center and Financial Aid offices will remain open as well as all other entrances leading into the CC building.


    Updated by: Katherine Miller

    August 19, 2015

Sylvania Campus Events

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Sep 18, 2015
Sylvania's new detention pond captures stormwater runoff and helps prevent flooding.

Fall rains put Sylvania’s new detention pond into action

By Katherine Miller Sept. 18, 2015 PCC Sylvania’s new stormwater detention pond was completed this week — on schedule and…

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Aug 20, 2015
Removal of old light poles at Sylvania.

A bright idea for Sylvania’s old light poles

By Katherine Miller Aug. 19, 2015 Whether it’s pizza boxes, water bottles or batteries, recycling is second nature to most…

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Aug 06, 2015
Workers smoothed the freshly poured concrete for the detention pond footings.

New stormwater detention pond takes shape at Sylvania

By Katherine Miller Aug. 6, 2015 Portland Community College this summer is constructing a stormwater detention pond at the south…

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Jul 17, 2015
Workers demolished part of the roof in the upper mall at College Center in preparation for installing a skylight. Photo courtesy of Howard S. Wright Construction

New skylight will help Sylvania’s College Center shine

By Katherine Miller July 15, 2015 PCC Sylvania’s College Center was built in the late 1960s, and the building’s interior…

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Jun 17, 2015

Sylvania bond improvements to continue through summer

By Katherine Miller June 17, 2015 For many students at Portland Community College, summer is a time for a well-earned…

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