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A bright idea for Sylvania’s old light poles
Photos and Story by Katherine Miller
Whether it’s pizza boxes, water bottles or batteries, recycling is second nature to most Portland residents. But what about a giant pile of aged light poles?
As part of the campus improvements funded by the 2008 voter-approved bond measure, PCC Sylvania’s construction manager/general contractor, Howard S. Wright Construction, earlier this summer removed 50 light poles in lots 9 through 14, and on G Street from Lesser Road to K Street. They are being replaced with new aluminum poles fitted with energy-efficient LED lamps.
But most of the old steel fixtures are 46 years old and a high-pressure sodium type, which have no value in today’s market. So a metal recycling facility will haul away the poles, carefully dismantle them to protect against the release of the mercury inside the lamps, and recycle the metal parts.
Installation of the new light poles in parking lots 9 through 14 will be completed by fall term 2015. The old poles in lots 1 through 8 will be replaced over the next two summers.
PCC’S 2008 voter-approved $374 million bond program is increasing opportunities for residents to access quality, affordable higher education close to where they live and work. Additional classrooms, updated equipment and technology, and advanced workforce training programs are helping to pave the way for future employment options. For more information, visit www.pcc.edu/about/bond/about.