University of Portland plans to construct bell tower on campus
University of Portland plans to construct bell tower on campus
The University of Portland will break ground for a campus bell tower this fall.
Officials on the Catholic campus have long held the vision of a bell tower to highlight the university’s religious character and serve as a landmark symbol.

The tower, says university president Father William Beauchamp, “will be a constant visual and auditory reminder of the faith that has built and sustained this great institution.”

Allen and Kathleen Lund of Pasadena, Calif., are donating for the tower, saying they want to inspire past, present and future generations of students, faculty, staff and visitors. The bell tower is central to improvements on the 107-year-old campus. Currently, the university is also renovating the engineering building, constructing two new residence halls and renovating two existing residence halls.

The bell tower will be located within the existing Marian garden, next to the Chapel of Christ the Teacher and adjacent to St. Mary’s Student Center. It will be the tallest point on campus at about 100 feet.

Fourteen bells of various sizes encased in the tower will bring chimes and music to campus on a daily and seasonal basis. The bells will range in size from 77 to 1,400 pounds. Each of the bells has been sponsored by a donor. Proceeds from bell sponsorship will be used towards an endowment fund for campus ministry.

“Kathleen and I believe deeply in Catholic education and were inspired to assist the university in establishing something that enhances the spiritual ambience of campus,” says Allen Lund, new chairman of the university’s board of regents. “Our entire family is thrilled and grateful for this privilege.”

The tower has been designed by Dan Danielson of Soderstrom Architects and is scheduled to be dedicated in September 2009.