Summary: As the largest project in the city’s history, the new $110-million high school will also serve as a resource for the community-at-large. Construction is underway on the 310,000-sf facility featuring a 500-seat performing arts center, multi-level commons area and updated athletic facilities with room for 1,800 fans in the main gymnasium.
While the numerous roof-elevation changes required insightful design collaboration in order to meticulously place 588 solar photovoltaic panels to avoid shading and maximize the capture of sunlight, efficiently running conduit for power distribution throughout the project required tapping into more technology-based solutions. With the use of Trimble—Berg’s Global Positioning System (GPS)-locating device—under the guidance of Bergelectric General Foreman Slade Smith, crews are able to identify all of the conduit points during the layout process. The end results are pin-point accurate placement and accelerated installation time of slab on-grade conduits.
Sharing lessons in cost reductions—such as procuring a quality refurbished generator or value-engineering electrical feeders that utilize aluminum instead of copper—has enabled Berg to provide significant savings to the Oregon Trail School District. Throughout the design of Sandy High School—from renewable energy provided by roof-top solar panels to specifying ultra-efficient light fixtures that saved the District over $150,000—Bergelectric is providing opportunities for students to learn more about sustainability.