The Dixie Clock Tower is a modern, 80-foot steel structure, installed on the mall lawn of the campus of Dixie State University in St. George, Utah.
Administrators had been planning for the tower for the past several years as part of an overall strategic plan to bring the former state college in line with other state universities. The intent is for the clock tower to become a landmark, both for the campus and for the community. The state of the art structure will have powerful speakers inside the tower, providing the capability of playing a chime or various songs. Inside the tower will also be a programmable, high-tech sound and LED lighting system with 278 color choices, enabling it to glow at night.
“Most universities have a tower or a clock tower that’s kind of the center of campus, a place that students go to take a picture, or a place to meet,” said DSU Campus Services Executive Director Shelly Ruesch. “This will become our place.”
Wheaton Sprague was contracted by Steel Encounters, Architectural & Structural Building Solutions, of Salt Lake City, to provide comprehensive engineering services for the point-supported glazing system for the project. Wheaton Sprague provided complete job shop drawings, fabrication drawings, structural engineering and related coordination.