In 1959 under the guidance of the Rev. Richard w. Alber the Congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church broke ground on the new suburban campus, commissioning the services of a prominent twentieth-century American Architect Harold E. Wagoner. Wagoner designed many iconic buildings such as Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and the interior of the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel. The cross tower is the center piece of the Wagoner design and is cherished not only by the church members but the community at large. The Indiana limestone clad tower soars 100 feet above the ground with a massive 45-foot-tall aluminum cross attached topping out at 125 feet.
The cross tower had a number of unique challenges. Access and safety were key for both the craftsman and the church parishioners. The tower was encompassed in scaffolding that towered some 100 feet into the East Grand Rapids sky. The removal of the failed limestone units reviled additional structural support was needed as a result of decades of water migration behind the panels. Strengthen of a encased steel beam was necessary directly under the large limestone circle on the upper west elevation. The engineering, design and installation of the repairs was handled accordingly, developing a safe and effective solution. From the early days of removing the two coats of paint to the final application of a clear breathable sealer, quality and craftsmanship were paramount. The commitment of the church to restore the iconic tower was apparent to all of the members of the construction team and was found to be infectious in nature. Words used like commitment and quality best describe the results achieved in the restoration of this significant monument.