The Columbia County Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC) at Portland Community College (PCC) project is a world-class collaborative environment which will bring together industry, higher education and government in partnership to develop new tools, techniques and technologies to address near-term manufacturing challenges through applied research and advanced technical training. OMIC will be modeled after the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing in Sheffield, England. PCC’s OMIC Training Center will offer apprenticeship programs that combine job-related technical instruction with structured on-the-job learning experiences.
The development, design, and construction of the project will be a collaborative process. Portland Community College chose Progressive Design Build Project delivery to simplify and integrate decision-making and coordination. PCC’s project management team is committed to the philosophies of IPD and desires to leverage that method to help create the smoothest capital project expansion option that can be achieved.
PCC is a two-year college with several major campuses and a number of satellite locations offering programs in a metropolitan area covering 1,500 square miles. It has an open admissions policy and enrolls approximately 73,000 students annually, with a curriculum that includes career-technical programs, community education, academic transfer courses, and classes in basic skills.