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Extreme Make Over – Bull Run Headworks Lab Trailer Improvements

Headworks lab trailer receives make over

The Portland Water Bureau's Headworks lab trailer was recently relocated and improved in the Bull Run Watershed. The lab is used several times a day by Headworks water treatment operator IIs to perform water quality analyses for process control and regulatory compliance.  The trailer itself was moved from an out-of-the-way corner of the parking area to a location front-and-center of the Headworks campus. 

With the old adage, “you only get one chance to make a first impression,”  in mind, the treatment staff thought it would be a great idea to dress up the trailer to ensure it made a good first impression to visitors.


Exterior entryways constructed from repurposed materials were added along with high efficiency LED lighting.  A new sign using the latest Water Bureau logo was added and modifications were made to the existing painted banners. The interior walls were painted and area lights were added to modernize and brighten up the structure. An unused end of the trailer, known for being a catch-all for clutter, was converted into a blue print and drawing nook with storage racks and viewing surfaces. To add a little extra polish and pizazz to the interior of the trailer, a decorating idea was borrowed from the Bear Creek House. Several historic drawings of the infrastructure and pictures of the river and Headworks were blown up, mounted, and hung on the walls to provide a visual historic perspective on the development of the Bull Run Headworks Facility.

Water treatment operators perform water quality analysis in the new and improved trailer.
Water treatment operators perform water quality analysis in the new and improved trailer.

The improvements were made by staff from Water Treatment, Sandy River Station, Information Technology, Electrical, Industrial Painters, and Graphic Design teams.

Andrew Degner
Water Treatment


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