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.

A group of students in a gym playing basketball.

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."


An aerial view of the PCAT building.

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 scanning ID card at the Membership Services desk.

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.

North exterior of the ASRC building with the Urban plaza and streetcar in front and people walking on a day with blue skies

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. 

Member Services desk on the second floor of the Campus Recreation building.

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. 

The Campus Recreation Center building at dusk with cars and buses driving by, with the words 10 years at Campus Rec.

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.