Portland Community College’s Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC) Training Center in Scappoose will be a world-class facility for preparing an advanced manufacturing workforce. Through applied research and technical training in an apprenticeship model that simulates real work environments, the new OMIC Training Center will primarily serve PCC students and offer opportunities for K-12 to PhD. These efforts support workforce development by placing graduates into high-wage/high-demand jobs and fostering industry partnerships. Hennebery Eddy is partnering on the advanced manufacturing facility design under a progressive design-build contract with Mortenson Construction; this is PCC’s first design-build project.
The project site is adjacent to the Scappoose airport and near Oregon Tech’s existing OMIC R+D facility. The OMIC Training Center is Phase 1, covering 4.5 acres of a development based on a 17-acre campus concept. Designed around a clustered plan, the OMIC Training Center and future buildings are grouped in the middle of the site and parking remains on the perimeter; a central pedestrian spine connects future campus development. The building’s location and orientation on the site optimizes daylighting and views and allows future eastward expansion. Concrete and metal panels on the exterior skin offer durability and fit within the context of surrounding manufacturing and industrial buildings.
The facility’s large manufacturing space is wrapped with hands-on tech spaces. This area integrates with the didactic academic learning wing through a circulation spine that incorporates collaborative spaces. Strategic light wells are located where the programs interface, bringing natural light deep into the building’s center and fostering a welcoming environment. The hands-on manufacturing spaces are visible throughout the facility. Classrooms will feature generous windows, while manufacturing spaces will rely largely on translucent panels and clerestories for even, diffused natural light, as well as large glass overhead doors that facilitate materials moving in and out of the building. The advanced manufacturing facility design is pursuing LEED Certification. It features onsite stormwater management and a rooftop solar array to offset the 100% electric-powered facility.
Take a virtual tour of the OMIC Training Center here (October 2020 video by PCC).