Sylvania Campus

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The college will be infusing some $40 million in direct construction into bond improvements and upgrades into its Sylvania Campus, PCC’s oldest and largest campus, covering 122 acres. As part of the framework plan for the campus, bond improvements will expand educational opportunities and advance PCC’s 2013 Climate Action Plan, transforming many of the existing buildings into “green buildings” to save energy and reduce the college’s carbon footprint.  Overall, crews will renovate more than 170,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory and office space, as well as create a new child development center and a storage facility for the automotive building. The largest project will be modernizing nearly 75 percent of the College Center building – which equals about 120,000 square feet – making the student union more accessible and easier to navigate.

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.

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Anatomy of a Construction Project

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Programming

    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.

Construction

    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.

Move-In

    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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Jan 23
The new lower CC mall has a much more open feel to it than before.

The College Center, the heart of the Sylvania Campus, sees completion of Phase I renovation

Monday, January 6, 2014 kicked off the start of winter term at PCC. That day also marked the completion and…

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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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Oct 01

Progress abounds at PCC – Lake Oswego Review

Many students embark upon the first day of school at Portland Community College’s Sylvania campus with a foray through the…

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Sep 30
Paul Wilson with student 9-13 - new ratio

OSU Senior and summer bond program intern, Paul Wilson, joins Sylvania Campus summer 2013 construction team.

Six years ago Paul Allen Wilson was a high school kid from Redmond, Oregon wondering what his next step was…

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May 16
Entrance to the Administrative Office at Sylvania

Rolling out the renovations at Sylvania’s College Center building

Newly renovated spaces in the Amo De Bernardis College Center provide a sneak peek into other planned improvements and wayfinding and directional signage…

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