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Portion of Harrison Fountain on UNA Campus Collapses

Dec. 18, 2019



Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at meubanks@una.edu, 256-606-2033 or 256-765-4392 

FLORENCE, AL – Today, a portion of a large bowl of the Harrison Fountain on the University of North Alabama campus collapsed. No injuries were reported, and individuals with Facilities Administration and Planning have begun assessing the damage and next steps for repair or replacement. 

Michael Gautney, Assistant Vice President for Facilities Administration and Planning, said the break was the result of a deterioration in the limestone of the fountain. 

“We will work with a qualified engineer on a solution and in order to determine next steps,” he said. 

The Harrison Fountain is the center of the Laura M. Harrison Plaza at the entrance to UNA. Water to the fountain had been turned off before the collapse of the bowl and in advance of the end of the fall semester. 

Broken Fountain

About The University of North Alabama 

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. UNA Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Big South Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/