Landmark fountain on Alabama campus breaks; repairs planned
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Officials at the University of North Alabama are getting ready to repair a campus landmark.
Part of a three-tiered fountain on a plaza at the school entrance collapsed on Wednesday, raining pieces of a limestone bowl down into the pool below.
An assistant vice president for facilities, Michael Gautney, tells the TimesDaily that workers will take apart much of what’s left of the structure and decide how to replace it.
He says the fountain was made with limestone obtained from Florence, Italy, in a nod to the university’s location in the northwest Alabama city of Florence.
The fountain was dedicated in October 2002 through a $600,000 endowment from donors. Cracks developed on the limestone bowls, and the frequent freezing and thawing from temperature changes during winter aggravated problems.
“It’s always been a challenge,” Gautney said. “Being elevated, the wind-chill factor plays into it, as well.”