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First phase of Heritage Park fountain nears completion

Crews will soon halt construction on Rotary Club project, resuming in winter


by: SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: ROBIN JOHNSON - Concrete finishing crews with the Northwest College of Construction put the final touches on the first phase of the Columbia County Rotary Clubs fountain in Heritage Park. Crews with the Northwest College of Construction are nearing completion on the first phase of the Columbia County Rotary Club fountain, located in Scappoose’s Heritage Park.

David Kalus, a concrete finishing instructor with the college, estimated the safety fence around the structure would come down in just a couple weeks.

Kalus said the college, which is a nonprofit organization founded by construction companies and other employers to provide training in construction trades, offers classes from about November through May or June, at which time students return to their respective jobs.

Since the college agreed to donate labor to build the fountain, construction will be on pause through the summer and fall. Kalus said crews will return in November or December to continue the project.

“We’ve still got a lot of work to do before we can pull the safety fence out,” Kalus said, adding the cement walls need to be secured and the ground graded.

The fountain had been expected to be finished in 2015. That timeline matches up with the Northwest College of Construction’s, which broke ground on the site last December.

Kalus said students at the construction college who have worked on the fountain will return to the site and likely see it through to completion over a two-year period.

The fountain was designed as a donation by Michael Curry and his world-renowned Michael Curry Design studio in Scappoose. The Scappoose Community Club and state Sen. Betsy Johnson each pledged $5,000 for the project. The city of Scappoose also approved $40,000 for the fountain.

The Scappoose Rotary Fountain will have light and sound features as well as timed misters that can be activated manually. The fountain will be about 22 feet tall with eight arms, each with a number of misters.

Nearly everything that has gone into the project’s design and construction has been donated, said Gary Liao, of the Columbia County Rotary Club, in an earlier interview with the Spotlight. The labor, architectural engineering, general contracting and design were all provided at no cost.

Rich Bailey, of Rich Bailey Construction, donated the general contracting for the project and Tim Mosterdyke, director of education at the college, coordinated the donated labor.

Water from the fountain will drain into a bio-swale surrounding the structure rather than be pumped back into the system for re-use.

“We considered water conservation to minimize use,” Liao said. “We did think about recirculating and filtering, and there are laws that require a huge burden if you want to recirculate water for people playing in it.”

Instead, Liao said, the fountain was designed to mist those interacting with it rather than blast solid-stream jets.