May 25, 2023 - Open House/Senior Project Night

  • On May 25, a community open house was held in combination with senior project night, showcasing both the bond-constructed sustainable agriculture/design building and the recently-completed solar array canopy as well as the seniors' work on sustainability projects that these resources support. Attendees were able to view the presentations and results, including harvests, food production, and construction designs.

    Read Ray Pitz's May 26 article in the Hillsboro Tribune and watch Thomas Schults' May 25 telecast on KGW News about the program.

    Photo 1: the solar array canopy is completed with installation of a garage door to allow access to and secure the mechanical shed.

    completed canopy and shed

    Photo 2: the agriculture workroom is filled with students' plantings and related construction projects.

    agriculture workroom

    Photo 3: a drip irrigation system for the large greenhouse was designed and installed as part of a senior project.

    drip irrigation system in greenhouse

    Photo 4: a student talks to attendees about his work on a motor.

    senior presentation of motor project

    Photo 5: some of the products of the construction design program includes these mini-greenhouses. The workspace under the solar array canopy will allow fabrication of larger projects like sheds.


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April 28, 2023

  • Photo 1: the sidewalk between the sustainable ag/design building and the canopy has been completed. A crew member compacts the gravel that forms the base for the work area under the canopy.

    compacting gravel around sidewalk

April 12, 2023

  • Photos 1 and 2: a new sidewalk is being constructed under the canopy for better access to the area.

    view from rear of sidewalk construction

    view from front of sidewalk construction

March 30, 2023

  • Photo 1: clouds are reflected off the surface of the installed solar panels on top of the canopy.

    top of finished solar array

    Photo 2: power has been connected; a lighted workspace is available for student projects under the canopy.

    lighted solar array canopy

    Photo 3: a closer view of the panels and lighting under the canopy.

    underneath the solar array canopy

    Photo 4: full completion of the mechanical shed is pending delivery of the roll-up door in May.

    nearly-complete mechanical shed

    Photo 5: inside the shed, final wiring and installation of power components are in progress.

    interior of nearly-complete mechanical shed

March 23, 2023

  • Photo 1: the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee views the progress of the solar array canopy project.

    CBOC visits project site

    Photos 2 and 3: the solar panels are installed one at a time via a lift.

    bringing solar panels up to canopy

    crew members install solar panel

    Photo 4: the panels are secured to the canopy rails.

    securing solar panel to canopy rail

    Photo 5: a crew member makes the electrical connections for the solar panels.

    connecting electrical wiring for the solar panels

    Photo 6: inside the shed, overhead lighting and other electrical fixtures are being installed.

    installing electrical fixtures in mechanical shed

March 15, 2023

  • Photo 1: nearly all the rails for the solar panels have been installed.

    solar canopy construction to date

    Photo 2: a test installation of a couple panels has been done; connecting cables are being added to the rails.

    test installation of solar panels

    Photo 3: the siding for the exterior of the mechanical shed has been completed.

    finished exterior of mechanical shed

    Photos 4 and 5: plywood sheathing has been installed on the interior walls of the shed.

    interior corner 1 of mechanical shed

    interior corner 2 of mechanical shed

March 7, 2023

  • Photo 1: this aerial view shows construction progress to date, including installation of the rails for mounting the solar panels.

    aerial view of solar canopy construction

    Photos 2 and 3: a pair of crew members use their lifts to carry and place a rail up to the canopy for installation.

    lifting a solar panel rail up to canopy

    placing a solar panel rail on canopy

    Photo 4: seen from above, the crew members affix the rail to the canopy.

    affixing solar rail to canopy

    Photo 5: siding for the final, south unfinished wall of the mechanical shed is nearly complete.

    finishing siding for south wall of mechanical shed

    Photo 6: the interior of the shed is now being drywalled.

    drywall installation in mechanical shed

March 1, 2023

  • Photo 1: once wiring to the exterior is completed, siding will be installed on the remaining wall of the mechanical shed.

    south wall of mechanical shed under construction

    Photos 2 and 3: preparations are underway to begin installing drywall to finish the interior walls of the mechanical shed.

    interior of mechanical shed under construction

    interior of mechanical shed under construction

    Photo 4: framing for the solar panels and their power lines is starting up.

    framing piece for solar panel on canopy

Feb. 17, 2023

  • Photos 1-3: work continues on completing the mechanical shed; siding on two sides has been installed.

    current progress of solar canopy under construction

    back of mechanical shed under construction

    front of mechanical shed under construction

Feb. 8, 2023

  • Photos 1-2: bar grating has been installed over the canopy. Installation of the solar panels is expected to take place in a couple weeks.

    aerial view of solar array canopy under construction

    overhead view of solar array canopy under construction

    Photo 3: crew members have started installation of the siding for the mechanical shed under the canopy.

    installing siding for mechanical shed

Jan. 26, 2023

  • Photos 1-2: work is starting on the canopy roof in preparation for installation of the solar panels. Crew members are also installing electrical conduit for the lighting that will be placed under the canopy.

    canopy construction to date

    installing electrical conduit for lighting

    Photo 3: framing has started for exterior walls for the equipment room.

    framing for exterior walls

    Photo 4: the inside of the equipment room so far.

    equipment room interior construction

    Photo 5: concrete is poured for a base of one of the canopy columns to anchor it. There are 10 columns in all

    pouring concrete base for column

Jan. 20, 2023

  • Photos 1 and 2: now that the structural steel for the canopy has been erected, the crew works on installing roof panels over the equipment shed.

    aerial view of erected steel for canopy

    installing roof panels over equipment shed

    Photo 3: a view of the steel canopy from the ground.

    view of steel canopy from ground

    Photo 4: a roof panel is manually lifted up to the top of the shed.

    lifting roof panel to top of shed

Jan. 12, 2023

  • Photo 1: a crane has been brought on site to lift the structural steel for the canopy.

    aerial view of crane and steel

    Photo 2: a beam is carefully lifted to load a beam above the area.

    lifting steel beam

    Photo 3: crew members rotate the beam for proper positioning before re-lifting it on the canopy columns.

    positioning steel beam

    Photo 4: the beams are fastened to the structural columns.

    fastening steel beam to structural columns

Jan. 5, 2023

  • Photo 1: structural steel for the canopy has been delivered on site.

    structural steel for canopy

    Photo 2: the electrical/mechanical equipment room is now enclosed.

    enclosed equipment room

    Photo 3: the interior, so far, of the equipment room.

    interior of equipment room under construction

    Photo 4: crew members finish inserting the screws for the wall boards.

    fastening wall boards

Dec. 29, 2022

  • Photos 1-3: crew members work on adding the walls for the mechanical/electrical equipment room.

    construction of equipment room

    walls being added to equipment room framing

    crew member attaching walls to equipment room framing

Dec. 20, 2022

  • Photos 1-4: the building housing the electrical and mechanical equipment for the solar array is now erected as crew members work on the framing.

    aerial view of equipment room construction

    equipment room framing

    working on the top of the structure

    affixing brackets at top of the structure

Dec. 2, 2022

  • Photos 1-3: construction has started for the equipment room housing the solar array electronics and monitoring systems. It will sit at the west end of the canopy, below the array. The temporary, protective cover helps with the concrete pour for the room's foundation.

    view of construction site

    wood structure for equipment room

    wood equipment room structure at west end of site

Nov. 23, 2022

  • Photos 1-2: concrete has been poured for the canopy bases, and crew members start filling and compacting around the bases.

    concrete bases for solar canopy

    crew member adds fill to concrete base


    crew members smooth and compact base gravel

Nov. 11, 2022

  • Photos 1-2: framing for the concrete bases of the canopy posts continues.

    aerial view of canopy construction site

    crew member constructs framing for concrete base

Oct. 27, 2022

  • Photos 1-3: frames for concrete are starting to be constructed inside the footings for the canopy.

    aerial view of canopy construction site

    closer aerial view of canopy construction site

    overhead view of canopy footing construction

Oct. 12, 2022

  • Photos 1-3: packed soil now covers utility lines and conduit, with connections being made to the mains adjacent to the sustainable agriculture building. All of the footings for the canopy columns are now excavated.

    aerial view of dug footings for canopy building

    connections to main utility lines

    footing for a canopy column

Oct. 7, 2022

  • Photos 1-3: some of the footings for the canopy have been excavated, and utility lines are being laid on the site.

    overhead aerial view of utility line installation

    crew members begin laying utility lines for solar canopy

    view to the west of solar canopy excavation work

Sept. 26, 2022

  • Photo 1: aerial view facing west of the excavation and grading on the site for the solar array canopy.\

    aerial view facing south of site work

    Photo 2: aerial view facing south of the work site (the Liberty campus can be seen in the background).

    aerial view facing west of site work

    Photo 3: this ground-level view shows grading of gravel over impermeable sheeting.

    grading work on canopy site

Sept. 20, 2022

  • Photos 1-2: now that the permit and redesign processes have concluded, the contractor is starting to mobilize on the site, setting up temporary fencing. Excavation and grading will begin shortly.

    mobilizing on the site

    aerial view of mobilized site

July 25, 2022 - Before

  • Photos 1-2: aerial views of the site before construction of the solar array canopy.

    aerial view of back of Liberty campus

    aerial view of canopy site pre-construction