Winthrop Fountain Project moves to construction phase

Concept Art of Fountain

ROCK HILL, S.C. (CN2 NEWS) – On-site work is underway to replace Winthrop University’s iconic fountain visible from Oakland Avenue.

Workers will begin fountain and flagpole demolition with the ground being excavated in late June to prepare for pouring a new foundation slab in July.

Project Site as of June 8th, 2023

The new fountain will be assembled in late August as various parts arrive on campus, followed by paver installment in September. A new flagpole expected to be erected in November. The University expects the project to be completed in December of 2023.

Edward Serna, Winthrop President

Winthrop President Edward Serna expressed excitement for the progress he is seeing right outside his office window.

“The run-up to this project has been a labor of love on the part of so many campus stakeholders who have enthusiastically supported not only getting the water flowing again, but truly making this a distinctive feature with fantastic possibilities for the future,” he said. “I have a catbird seat to the work and can’t wait to see it starting.”

Concept Art of Fountain

The project was put into motion when the current fountain stopped working in 2018, after which a 2020 study, funded by an anonymous Winthrop donor, determined that a new fountain design of similar size would be ideal.

Currently more than $480,000 has been raised toward a $500,000 project goal, according to Lori Tuttle, executive director of alumni relations and reunion giving.

Lori Tuttle, Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Reunion Giving

“More than 300 alumni have donated so far. Classes celebrating their 50-year Winthrop reunions have led the charge on fundraising. The Classes of 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1974 are all actively fundraising for the Fountain Restoration Project. Alumni outside of these classes and community members have also supported the fundraising effort,” she said. “Thank you to all the donors who have generously supported the Fountain Restoration Project! We are very excited to see work beginning, and we know that our alumni, visitors and community members will enjoy this new space for years to come.”



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