SURGE Institute Announces Opportunity to Restore Tacoma Clock

Students from across the country have the opportunity to restore the clock at Old Tacoma City Hall per a new challenge announced by the SURGE Institute.

“This challenge is open to teams of students around the US to bring the clock and tower back to its glory while competing for a $1,000 prize and $500 runner-up award,” according to the release. “This historic clock was placed on the clocktower in 1904 after a gift from the Wallace Family. As an ambassador to France during WWI, Mr. Wallace endeavored to create a working clock for our city of Tacoma that would keep time throughout the ages. The Moreno Family endeavors to do the same with this challenge.”

Teams will be challenged to create a working clock mechanism that will keep time on all four faces; illuminate the clockface so time is apparent from a distance; light up the clocktower in an innovative fashion that will welcome visitors to the city; and create a plan to engage Tacomans throughout the buildout of the clock.

Teams can consist of two to eight members and can be from any educational institution. Submissions are due by June 1 and may be written, digital, graphic, CAD models, schematic, or in video form.

Interested students can apply at An online information night for applicants will be at 6 p.m. on April 15.

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