Steel Going Up For IU’s New Carillon Bell Tower

(BLOOMINGTON) — Construction crews have started erecting the steel skeleton of what will become Indiana University’s new nearly 130-foot tall bell tower.

A rendering of the new Metz Carillon Bell Tower on IU’s Bloomington campus. Photo Courtesy of Indiana University

The new tower is going up within the arboretum area of the Bloomington campus near the Herman B Wells Library. It is part of a $7 million project that involved tearing down the concrete tower that housed the Metz Carillon and its 61 bells since 1970.

IU Assistant Vice President Adam Thies tells The (Bloomington) Herald-Times that those bells have been refurbished and four new ones built by a foundry in the Netherlands. They are being sent by ship back to the U.S.

The steel beams now going up will form six piers that will be covered in limestone. Officials expect construction will be completed in December.