The Towers complex located on the southeast end of Central Michigan University’s’ campus consists of two nine-story and two seven-story buildings, which houses more than 2000 students. It was designed by Roger Allen and Associates of Grand Rapids, who built most of Central Michigan University's buildings. The Towers were partially based on student-designed blueprints. They were originally planned as a six-story complex on the north end of campus, where Northwest Apartments is now located. The site had to be changed, however, when engineers discovered that the ground would not be stable enough to support the massive structures. Since shoring up the ground would have increased an already soaring budget, the University decided to build the complex on the other end of campus on newly-annexed land on Broomfield Road.
Overtime the buildings elevator towers had started to show major signs of movement from the original construction causing missing mortar, structural cracks and water intrusions. The project started with an exploratory and analysis of mean and methods on the Wheeler Tower during the summer months of 2015. The following summer of 2016 repairs were made to the additional three elevator towers simultaneously on Cobb, Troutman, and Carey residence halls. The project presented many challenges for the crew. Safety was the number one challenge in that the buildings were being occupied during the entire project by ongoing summer camps. Many moving parts of overhead work were taking place utilizing large cranes, swing stages, and very large concrete pump trucks while keeping open emergency fire escapes and insuring safety for occupants. Protection and cooling of elevator equipment within the work space had to be utilized to insure ongoing operation. Noise and dust had to be monitored and extra efforts were put in place to control them to a minimum. Sequencing of the different elements of the project became very crucial on all towers that were being worked on simultaneously. Careful planning and implementation of technics contributed to the overall success of the project that had a very short three month window to take place.