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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 24, 2003

Old Cap Dome Raising May Begin At 11 A.M.

Contractors will attempt to place the new dome atop the Old Capitol at the University of Iowa at noon today (Monday). However, they may begin the process by as much as an hour earlier -- at 11 a.m. -- depending on the weather. If the weather is not favorable, the raising will be rescheduled for noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.

University of Iowa Television (UITV) will broadcast video of the project as it is captured by the UI Pentacrest Webcam. Real-time still images of the project can also be viewed on the Pentacrest Webcam web page at

The new dome, about 18 feet wide and weighing some 12,000 pounds, replaces the original, destroyed in a $6 million fire on Nov. 20, 2001. The most visible part of the Old Capitol restoration project, the dome was gilded with about $8,000 worth of gold leaf on Feb. 14 by Conrad Schmitt Studios of New Berlin, Wis.

Gary Nagle, UI Facilities Services Group project manager, says that if high winds or heavy precipitation develop late this morning the dome raising will be rescheduled for noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. He said safety is the primary concern.

Knutson Construction Services Inc. of Iowa City is the contractor for Phase 1 of the Old Capitol restoration project. Renaissance Restoration Inc. of Galena, Ill. constructed the dome. OPN Architects, Inc. of Cedar Rapids and Einhorn Yaffee Prescott, Architecture & Engineering of Boston are the project’s architects.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 301, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009,

NOTE TO EDITORS: Reporters, photographers and members of the general public are invited to photograph the historic raising of the Old Capitol dome -- weather permitted -- between 11 a.m. and noon Monday, Feb. 24 on the University of Iowa Pentacrest.