Dedicated in 1964, Burns Tower was created for the practical reason of lowering Pacific's water bill. It had a water tank on top, and business and administrative offices below. According to The Pacific Review, “Walls average 8-inch thickness. Inside Tower measurement, 30 ft. sq. Tower height is 155 feet to top of parapet plus 91-foot FM radio antenna Construction required 40,000 man-hours, the skills of 25 different building crafts, 200,000 pounds of reinforcing steel, 6,000,000 pounds of concrete." The tower was named after alum and former president Robert E. Burns. The tank has been out of commission since 2000, but its bells still ring every hour on the hour.

Burns Tower Tank

Left: Burns Tower, 1964

Right: Burns Tower, 2023

Burns Tower 2023