Designer reveals plans for Main Street custom clock
Just what a proposed Rotary Plaza downtown custom clock will look like was revealed Thursday afternoon during the weekly luncheon of the Tigard Rotary Club.
The 13-foot-tall clock tower (a 10-foot-tall stainless steel post topped by a 3-foot-tall clock with the Rotary wheel logo) is planned for just off of Main Street, next to the Tigard Symposium Coffee/Tigard Chamber of Commerce building.
During Thursday's meeting, Suenn Ho, an urban designer, unveiled renderings of the clock planned for Rotary Plaza, the focal point of the city's Tigard Street Heritage Trail.
Ho, a principal with Resolve Architecture and Planning, was heavily involved in Astoria's The Garden of Surging Waves, which memorializes both the history and heritage of Chinese immigrants in the state. The stunning and elaborate project was completed in 2014.
She told Rotary members Thursday she was honored to be involve in the Rotary Plaza design.
"The clock is currently being manufactured in Massachusetts," she said. "The clock should arrive in Portland the first week of June."
The structure will include glass work, LED lighting and Rotary Plaza signage. However, unlike many other Rotary clocks throughout the country, this one will be custom made.
Fundraising to purchase everything needed for the $50,000 custom clock is being spearheaded by both the Tigard Rotary Club and the Tigard Breakfast Rotary Club.
Marland Henderson, a former Tigard City Council member and contractor, who heads up the 15-member Rotary Plaza subcommittee, said what's needed now is someone to step forward and foot the bill for a $2,500 chime system for the clock.
The plan is to have the clock chime each hour or play seasonal music on the hour.
"It will give identify to the downtown," Henderson said of Rotary project.
Meanwhile, Ho encouraged Rotary members to push forward in realizing completion of the project.
"Rotary members, you lead," she said. "When you lead, others will follow."