OGDEN, Utah – The Stewart Bell Tower Plaza on Weber State University’s Ogden campus will be rededicated during a ceremony on Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend the free event.
Following 18 months of upheaval and construction, university officials will formally rededicate the redesigned and landscaped area surrounding the iconic Stewart Bell Tower at the heart of the Ogden campus. The ceremony will feature the WSU marching band, brief remarks by WSU President Ann Millner and former vice president Dean Hurst, and a ribbon cutting. Light refreshments will be served.
Two cascading water features were added to the popular gathering place on campus. Construction crews removed much of the old concrete and brick plaza and replaced it with approximately 15,000 square feet of natural landscaping including grass, shrubs, trees and boulders. As part of the project, more than 140 trees and 5,300 plants were installed in the plaza’s 9.65 acres. MHTN Architects designed the new plaza, and Jacobsen Construction served as the general contractor.
The refurbished plaza is the latest in a series of revitalization projects at the hub of the Ogden campus, including the new west entrance to Stewart Library, the renovated Lampros Hall and Shepherd Union Building, and the soon to be completed Elizabeth Hall, which will open for classes in January 2009.
The clock and carillon features on the Bell Tower will be restored to operation soon. Work is being completed on illuminating the clock face and upgrading the carillon equipment.
“The past few years have seen our Ogden campus undergo a major transformation,” said Norm Tarbox, vice president for Administrative Services. “Through the generosity of the Stewart Education Foundation, we have been able to improve a popular gathering place on our campus and create a more scenic, park-like feature for students, faculty, staff and visitors to enjoy.”
The Stewart Bell Tower was originally constructed in 1971. In the ensuing 37 years, the structure has become the signature structure on WSU’s Ogden campus. The structure stands 100 feet tall and 14 feet square, with four clock faces at the top.
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