Benedictine Hall starts rebuild after massive earthquake
SHAWNEE, Okla.– While some residents around the Shawnee area are cleaning up from last month’s tornado, St. Gregory’s University is marking a milestone after a different type of natural disaster.
All four turrets at the university’s historic Benedictine Hall were damaged when a record-shattering earthquake rattled Oklahoma in 2011.
Students and faculty began a strong fundraising campaign to help rebuild parts of the structure that were destroyed.
Crews began restoring the building in March.
The first replacement turret will be put into place beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday.
The last three turrets will be added later this summer.
In an effort to prevent something like this from happening again, each of the new turret frames are made of 30,000 tons of steel.