University of Iowa officials have discussed painting the water tower near Kinnick Stadium but have no plans to make a decision in the immediate future.
A recent online petition, created by UI graduate Derek Yoder, urges the painting of the white water tower near Kinnick. The petition had more than 3,400 signatures Tuesday.
The idea has long been on the radar of UI officials, interim Spokesman Tom Moore said. But they are aware of the petition and it has been discussed by officials in the Athletic Department, Facilities Management and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
“Right now one of the key issues is paying for the project, especially given the current economic climate,” Moore said. “Would this be seen as a necessity or not?”
UI Athletics Director Gary Barta recently said he would like to see the water tower given the Hawkeye treatment.
The tower looms over Kinnick but sits on property owned by UI Hospitals and Clinics. But the water tower is controlled by UI Facilities Management. Any decision would be up to that department, Moore said.
“But they have always been very gracious to include” hospital and athletics officials in conversations, he said.
The tower is repainted for maintenance every 10 to 15 years, Moore said. It was last painted in 2006 at a cost of $370,000.
Hospital authorities have not adopted an official position about painting the tower, Moore said. It’s possible future hospital expansion could require moving or replacing the tower, he said.
The water tower petition can be found at www.petitiononline.com/IAH20TWR/petition.html