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University of Iowa smokestack will be dismantled
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A 75-year-old smokestack at The University of Iowa powerplant
will be dismantled over the next few months, university officials announced.
Work on the stack is expected to begin March 10 and be finished by early June.
The 210-foot smokestack, believed to have been built around 1922, once served
boilers that provide steam for heating university buildings and many other
uses in the university and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. A study
by outside consultant Wiss Janney Elsner Associates of Northbrook, Ill. concluded
that the stack, which has been out of use for about a year, has reached the
end of its useful life. There are currently no plans to replace it.
The stack has an inside diameter of 9 feet 6 inches at the top and widens
at the base. Work will be carried out by Curry Environmental Services, Inc.
of Milan, Ill. and subcontractor Gerard Chimney Co. of St. Louis, Mo., an
international chimney maintenance and demolition company. Shive Hattery Inc.
of Iowa City is project consultant.
A thin coating of asbestos on the outside of the stack requires that the
entire project conform with applicable Iowa and federal laws and regulations.
The university and its contractors have acquired necessary permission from
the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The DNR will be videotaping
part of the work to use in a training film for asbestos workers.
Peregrine falcons expected to be released from a nesting box on an adjoining
physical plant building will probably not be troubled by the workers, university
officials said, because the stack will be mostly down by the time the nestlings
are ready to fly. Nevertheless, the university will monitor the work and the
falcons and take appropriate measures to see that the falcon project is not