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Rock Creek Building 5 nears the finish line

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  • The interior staircase leads to the second floor lounge area.
  • A snack bar is readily accessible just inside the main entrance.
  • Building 5's interior spaces use plentiful touches of natural wood.
  • The new addition includes space for classrooms, offices, student resources and more.
  • Generous kitchen space is part of the food service facilities.
  • Workers are completing a punch list of final tasks.
  • The cafeteria has a dedicated pizza oven.
  • Rock Creek's rocks will soon be installed in Building 5's hardscape.
  • The building's modern sculpture remains a prominent feature.
  • Building 5 is the last major bond program project at Rock Creek Campus.


Nov. 6, 2015

Building 5 – the future hub and heart of PCC Rock Creek – is just weeks away from the completion of an ambitious addition. The project marks the biggest milestone in the campus’ $63 million in improvements funded by the 2008 voter-approved bond measure.

Fortis Construction, the construction manager and general contractor at Rock Creek, is expected to turn the remodeled building over to the college on Dec. 14, after which occupants will move in in time to welcome students for winter term 2016.

Tyler Lefebvre, construction superintendent with Fortis, said that furniture is being moved in, and a punch list of tasks is being completed – everything from polishing door knobs to touching up paint to clean-up.

“These last two weeks we’ve been going through air balancing … and doing some lighting tests,” he said. “We’re running through all the building systems – whether it’s HVAC or plumbing – double checking and seeing that everything works just as it was designed to work.”

Outside the building, concrete walkways have been poured and large sculptural boulders await installation as part of the hardscape. Planting beds have been prepared with soil and irrigation in preparation to receive new landscaping.

The Building 5 project was designed by Opsis Architecture. In summer 2014, a large portion of the building was demolished to make way for the 62,000-square-foot addition, which will house faculty offices, the bookstore, expanded food services, student resource areas and space for student government, labs for health and wellness programs and a multipurpose physical education/dance classroom.

PCC’S 2008 voter-approved $374 million bond program is increasing opportunities for residents to access quality, affordable higher education close to where they live and work. Additional classrooms, updated equipment and technology, and advanced workforce training programs are helping to pave the way for future employment options. For more information, visit www.pcc.edu/about/bond/about

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