Inside Iowa State
October 22, 1999
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Q: I've heard no new structure on campus can be as tall as the water tower west of Marston Hall. Is this a myth or true?
A: There is no set rule on the height of new buildings on campus. However, every new building is required to "fit into the context of the existing campus and be compatible with its neighboring buildings." This could be open to wide interpretation, but there is agreement among facilities planning staff responsible for new projects and university administrators that new buildings will not exceed the height of buildings surrounding them.
This policy provides flexibility in the design of new buildings. There are appropriate safeguards built into the process to assure that exceptions to the general rule are not implemented without approval from university administration.
Source: Dean Morton, University architect
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