Tigard Rotary Plaza clock installed Sunday on Main Street
Marland Henderson credits angels with the fact the installation of the Rotary Plaza clock came off without a hitch Sunday.
It was a day that Henderson, a contractor, former member of the Tigard City Council and longtime Tigard Rotary Club member, had been anticipating for many years.
"I think we had it all dialed in except there was no way of betting on the weather," he said he recalled thinking as he woke up early Sunday morning. "Everything fit. We had all the pieces. There were no problems. No smashed thumbs. Nothing."
And so, around 9 a.m. Henderson, his son, two electricians including Brad Wilkins, architect Suenn Ho and invited guests gathered next to Symposium Coffee on Tigard's Main Street to begin the process of installing the Rotary Plaza clock — purchased by the Tigard Rotary and the Tigard Breakfast Rotary clubs — at the entrance to the Tigard Street Heritage Trail and Outdoor Museum.
Henderson said a boom truck proved to be the exact tool the group needed to place the clock pole over its the stanchion base, which was already embedded inside a basalt plinth bench. With a few adjustments, the pole was lined up and bolted to the ground.
Next the clock, custom-made by Electric Time Company Inc. of Massachusetts, was secured to the post, followed by the distinctive Rotary wheel.
Also installed were the clock's accompanying steel blade "Rotary Plaza" sign and five double-sided cast art blocks containing Rotary International's Object of Rotary guiding principles, along with the Rotary Four-Way Test moral code.
When it came time to switch on the clock, Henderson and those present soon learned they had to wait until the clock struck 12 o'clock — either noon or midnight — before the hands on the clock would actually begin moving.
What was a little more waiting? After all, the clock was supposed to be installed earlier this year, but the installation was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic. When it finally happened, it was the culmination of years of work, and the crowning touch on a public space and trail project that's been on the radar in Tigard for more than a decade.
"It was a group effort," Henderson said. He praised architect Ho, an urban designer and principal with Resolve Architecture and Planning, for her vision in designing the clock, calling her an "amazing person."
Ho said as a designer, "the quality of a project reflects the quality of the client."
"With that said, this Rotary clock turned out amazingly," said Ho, giving credit to local small businesses Specialty Metal Fabricators, which created all the steel parts, and Juno Architectural Glass, for creating the cast glass blocks and other glassware.
She quipped that the installation went like "clockwork," thanks to Henderson's "meticulous pre-installation planning," and she praised Tigard Breakfast Rotary Club President Brandon Petersen for returning later Sunday evening to photograph the clock at night.
"My original design concept for the Heritage Trail was to have many more lit installations for families to enjoy during after dinner strolls," she said. "This donation-funded Rotary Clock fully lived up to my design expectation."
Ho also designed the outdoor museum.
Petersen said he was pleased with how smoothly the installation went with everyone working together.
"It is amazing to see how much the clock changes the feel of Rotary Plaza, the trail and downtown Tigard," he said. "After three years of planning, to see it illuminate for the first time on a perfect sunset really made all of the effort worth it."
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