Prior to the ceremony, Pro-Tech Industrial Movers engineered a procedure that allowed the totem pole to be raised by the traditional method of pulling on ropes. BEL Contracting prepared the site at UBC by excavating a hole for the base of the totem pole and placing piles of gravel and rocks to be used as part of the ceremony and backfill. During the ceremony, the 32,000 lbs of pull force required to raise the totem pole was provided by hundreds of people pulling on over 3,500 feet of rope. The pole was raised to its vertical position in approximately 10 minutes, at which time the ropes were locked in place and backfilling was completed.
Pro-Tech Industrial Movers and BEL Contracting were honoured to take part in this important ceremony.