Volume 44 | Number 1 | Spring 2014

Safety Comes First on Red Hill

Spring 2014 Issue

After both external and internal studies considering concerns about safety, ISU officials determined that the iconic "I" on Red Hill will be removed and a safety berm will be built concurrently this summer.

A committee of alumni, faculty and staff, community members, ISU students and ISU officials are working on a plan to offer a replacement for the popular icon.

While studying the "I," the outside engineering firm explored multiple options to remediate the existing structure. However, the firm determined the berm is not suitable to withstand a complete catastrophic failure of the "I," which could consist of large slabs of concrete falling from the hillside.

"The only reasonable approach to resolving the safety issues on Red Hill is to both remove the 'I' and build a berm," said Phil Moesner, ISU associate vice president of facilities services.

"We are working with our various constituents on developing a plan for the replacement of the structure and the means to generate the resources to construct a replacement icon," said Dr. Kent Tingey, vice president for university advancement. "With the support of ISU, alumni, the Associated Students of ISU and the community, we are working on a plan to replace this symbol with something equally suitable."

Anyone with suggestions for the committee can contact them at redhillproject@isu.edu.