Explore Campus Rec's history and milestones throughout the years.
The Campus Recreation department has come a long way since a new facility was proposed in 1987. From the demolition of the former Portland Center for Advanced Technology (PCAT) building in 2007 and the grand opening of the Academic & Student Recreation Center (ASRC) in 2010 to our 10-year anniversary celebration in 2020, Campus Rec strives to provide an inclusive environment where recreation and wellness opportunities inspire, empower and educate people to be positive contributors to the global community.
Before the Rec Center
In 1983, Portland State University took over the former Blue Cross/Water Bureau building. In 2007, the PCAT was demolished to build the new Academic & Student Recreation Center (ASRC).
The Rec Center Today
In 2020, Campus Rec celebrated 10 years in the ASRC. Nationally recognized for accessible and innovative programs and facilities, Campus Rec is one of the largest student employers on campus.
Rec Center Proposal
Before the Rec Center was built, most of Campus Rec's programs and facilities were located in the Peter W. Stott Center building. In 1987, a PSU Presidential Task Force concluded that "...serious thought must be given to the creation of a new building if we are going to meet everybody’s needs."
PCAT Project: 1983-2007
In 1983, PSU acquired the former Blue Cross/Water Bureau building, called the PCAT (Portland Center for Advanced Technology). The State of Oregon approved the PCAT Redevelopment project in 2006. The PCAT building was demolished in 2007 in order to build the Academic & Student Recreation Center (ASRC).
Student Rec Fee Approved: 2004
In 2004, the PSU student body approved a referendum to recommend a Student Recreation Center Fee to be assessed at $41 per quarter for each student taking at least one credit to pay for the construction debt service and long-term maintenance of a new Student Rec Center. The fee was increased to $44 in 2016.
Grand Opening: 2010
The Student Recreation Center officially opened on January 4, 2010. The Student Rec Fee was implemented to all students taking at least one Portland State academic credit for the first time in Fall 2009. The Grand Opening Ceremony of the Student Rec Center took place on April 1, 2010.
Healthy Dept. Certification: 2018
Portland State’s Healthy Campus Initiative steering committee announced in 2018 that Campus Rec was awarded the Gold Certification of PSU's Healthy Department Certification. The Healthy Department Certification encourages the PSU community to take an active role in creating a healthier work environment.
10-Year Anniversary: 2020
In January 2020, Campus Rec celebrated 10 years in the Academic & Student Recreation Center. Nationally recognized for accessible and innovative programs and facilities, Campus Rec provides an inclusive environment for recreation and wellbeing and is one of the largest student employers on campus.