Campanile's spire to be repaired
Sather Tower will be closed for two weeks beginning May 26
| 26 May2009
BERKELEY — Sather Tower, better known as the Campanile, will be having a little work done this summer. And what nonagenarian doesn't need a little cosmetic intervention?
The Campanile has been an icon on the Berkeley campus since it opened in 1914. Now, after 95 years, the structure's marble spire requires repair and cleaning — one of the tasks this summer's project will undertake — and its beacon will be made more secure. The project includes roof repair at the top of the tower.
"We're trying to do the work at a time that would have the least impact on campus," says Capital Projects communications manager Christine Shaff. The work is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of the fall semester.
The Campanile will be open to visitors most of the summer, though it will be closed for safety reasons when a construction crane is temporarily onsite. The first closure is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, through Tuesday, June 9. The tower is expected to be closed twice more during the summer; closure dates will be posted at the Campanile and on the campus Visitor Center website.
During construction, the area around the Campanile will be closed for safety reasons. Birge Hall's western entrance will be blocked during the project; visitors can access the building through a temporary main entrance on the east side.Questions about the Campanile repair project should be directed to Christine Shaff at 643-4793 or firstname.lastname@example.org.