Belk Tower to be torn down
The most visible and recognizable structure on the St. Andrews campus is the Katherine MacKay Belk Bell Tower that is next to the causewalk, half way between the residential and academic sides of Lake Ansley C. Moore. Last September during Hurricane Florence, the tower was severely damaged and now poses a significant safety risk.
Based upon strong recommendations from the architects, engineers and safety inspectors, the tower poses such a significant safety risk that it must be torn down as soon as possible and then reconstructed using a more secure and weather resistant construction design. The demolition process will begin August 14 and is expected to be completed by August 23. Reconstruction of a new bell tower will take place after the existing tower has been removed and a more thorough study of the site and a new construction design is completed.
The cross on top of the tower and the bells inside will be removed first and preserved for future installation on the new tower. According to St. Andrews campus president Paul Baldasare Jr., “Although it is a great disappointment that the bell tower was so severely damaged during Hurricane Florence, everyone should be reassured that the tower will be rebuilt and the bells ringing again as soon as possible.”
St. Andrews University is a branch of Webber International Universitylocated in Laurinburg, NC. The University’s mission is to offer students an array of business, liberal arts and sciences, and pre-professional programs of study that create a life transforming educational opportunity which is practical in its application, global in its scope, and multi-disciplinary in its general education core. Students will acquire depth of knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of study, balanced by breadth of knowledge across various disciplines, while pursuing a degree at associate, bachelor, or master level. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills. The international quality of the student body enriches personal experience and promotes understanding of international cultures and influences. Through an atmosphere in which self-discipline, creativity and cultivation of ethical standards are enhanced, the University is dedicated to teaching its students the “how to learn, how to think, and how to apply method” to each new challenge.