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PDG Helps UT with University Hall Bell Tower Structural Improvements

PDG Provides Structural Engineering and Design to Help Reinforce the Historic Bell Tower

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Crowds showed up with blankets and lawn chairs. All eyes were trained on the iconic 205 foot tall University Hall bell tower at the University of Toledo. The building was empty. Areas around it were closed off to the public. Peregrine falcons circled the tower. 

So what drew the crowds on a Friday night? A helicopter delivering four tons of structural steel to reinforce the tower. Thirteen beams were carefully lifted into place by the chopper, a safe, fast procedure to deliver material into hard to reach places. A crew inside the tower would guide the beams into place. "We started to see some structural cracks at the top of the structure and to insure our tower remains for years to come, we're reinforcing the top of the structure with some structural steel," said Jason Toth, UT Associate Vice President for Facilities and Construction.