Aug. 31 2016 10:48 AM

LCC to get six-story clock tower

Rendering of the proposed Granger Tower
Courtesy image
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31 — Lansing Community College yesterday announced a significant addition to its rapidly evolving campus.

Granger Tower, a six-story clock tower, will be erected at the downtown campus’ southern entrance near the intersection of Shiawassee Street and Washington Avenue. Glenn Granger, president and CEO of Granger Construction and his wife, Trish Granger, are donating the tower to the college.

“This tower will serve as a visual centerpiece for the downtown campus, providing a gathering space for the entire college community,” said LCC President Brent Knight. “I am grateful to the Grangers for their generous support.”

Granger Tower will be dedicated to Alton and Janet Granger for supporting education opportunities in Lansing. The Granger family founded Granger Construction in 1959. In 1978, Alton and Janice, along with Alton’s brothers and their wives, started the Granger Foundation, which is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life within the greater Lansing area.

“We feel honored to have been approached by President Knight for this project,” said Glenn Granger. “Dr. Knight has transformed LCC, making the college a destination for students, employees and the community. The tower will continue to solidify that feeling of community pride and gathering for generations to come.”

The tower is just the latest of Knight’s efforts to revamp the downtown campus. In addition to significant renovations to LCC’s Arts and Sciences Building and Gannon Building, Knight has installed several new public art pieces on campus. Last summer, the college rescued an 18-foot limestone column from the crumbling former Lansing YMCA. Retrofitted with stained glass and lights, the column stands near the corner of Shiawassee and Cedar Streets, across from the historic Carnegie Library. Both the library and the demolished Old Central Building are memorialized on the pillar.

The Granger Tower will also help ring in LCC’s 60th anniversary this year.

“The tower will become an iconic symbol of LCC, and of downtown Lansing,” said Robert Proctor, chairman of the LCC Board of Trustees. “The board is proud to support this new landmark, which will serve as a point of pride for generations of LCC students and alumni.”