PCC Sylvania Automotive & Metals Building Renovation

The Automotive & Metals (AM) Building was the first building constructed at Sylvania, PCC’s original campus. Completed in 1966, the facility is a two-story structure originally built for automotive and shop use. It is characterized by exposed concrete structure and broad roof overhangs.

This project, a Design-Build collaboration with Fortis Construction, focused on addressing immediate building needs, such as Mechanical and Electrical upgrades, as well as site accessibility and safety improvements. The project also includes the reconfiguration of two outdated classrooms to create one new flexible teaching space. In the near term this will be used as a temporary swing space to accommodate PE classes displaced by the HT Building renovation. Following the completion of the renovation the classroom will be transitioned to be utilized by the Engineering department.

The work included an extensive Programming & Validation effort focused on documenting existing building conditions, evaluating academic program opportunities and need, and developing potential renovation and expansion options. A key goal was to provide PCC with the necessary information to consider future scenarios for the building and its adjacent site areas based on a long-term view of the facility and campus.

The project included the creation of a new stormwater facility through a Percent for Green grant from the City of Portland BES. The design solution maintains essential parking spaces, treats significantly more stormwater than required for the project, and complements the adjacent existing facility, “Sylvania Falls.” The facility visibly demonstrates PCC’s commitment to sustainability and was incorporated in the project at no additional cost to the College.

Portland, OR


Fortis Construction
KPFF Structural & Civil
Alliant Systems
Samata Consulting Engineers
Lango Hansen Landscape Architecture