UI to embark on a 10-year facility master plan

The University of Iowa will begin planning for the next 10 years of building and modernizing facilities, creating much-needed academic space in the heart of campus and modernizing the delivery of education and patient care in Iowa .

“This is an exciting opportunity to modernize and nurture nearly every corner of campus that will make the University of Iowa a destination for students, faculty, staff, and patients well into the future. “said Rod Lehnertz, senior vice president for finance. and operations.

Lehnertz and UI Hospitals & Clinics CEO Suresh Gunasekaran presented a draft of the UI’s 10-year facility master plan to the Iowa State Board of Directors on Wednesday, January 12, as the university was seeking council approval to proceed with planning for extensive campus revitalization. .

Although the 10-year plan is subject to evolution and change, projects designed to support the university’s academic mission and improve student success include:

  • Modernize the MacLean, Jessup, and Macbride Halls on the Pentacrest for academic purposes and relocate university administrative functions to the original art building.
  • Renovation of the former Art Museum building for use by Halsey Hall’s Dance and Shave Department
  • Renewal of Iowa Memorial Union’s building systems and amenities and replacement of the adjacent IMU parking ramp with a new, modern structure
  • Renewal and modernization of the main library
  • Modernization of the Hardin Library for Health Sciences for better research support

The plan also includes expanding the Tippie College of Business; the purchase and renovation of the remainder of the University Capitol Center (Old Capitol Mall); the sale of the Jefferson Building and the relocation of the occupants to university accommodation on campus; and relocating UI’s four cultural centers to the west end of Hubbard Park.

Some of the projects being considered for the health care campus, which will improve the delivery of world-class health care that Iowans critically need, include:

  • The construction of a new inpatient tower for UI hospitals & Clinics, adding much needed capacity of over 200 beds and providing one single bed per room for patients
  • Construction of a new outpatient center linked to the main hospital at the current location of the Field House
  • Tear down and replace the Medical Education Building with a modern health care research center
  • Construction of a new academic building to house the Communication Sciences and Disorders and Human Health and Physiology program, the university’s fastest growing undergraduate major.

“The modernization plan shows a visionary solution to the facilities and space challenges we face every day at UI Health Care and will allow us to continue to meet the healthcare, research and education needs of the community. ‘Iowa,” says Gunasekaran.

The athletics campus will also see two new private buildings funded by donations:

  • A new Iowa Wrestling training facility located next to Carver-Hawkeye Arena
  • A new Women’s Gymnastics and Spiritual Team Training Center located on the Hawkeye Campus along Hawkeye Park Road

Additionally, Duane Banks Field and the Iowa Baseball Complex will be renovated.

The planned revitalization will significantly reduce the deferred maintenance backlog on campus, but will require the removal of several buildings including the Field House, Halsey Hall, Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center, Westlawn, Hospital parking ramp 1 and the IMU parking ramp—each of which once served an important purpose in the lives of students, faculty, and staff.

“There is a tipping point at which maintaining some of our older buildings is no longer a financially viable option, and in some cases security also becomes a concern,” Lehnertz says. “We will look for ways to honor the important roles these buildings and the accomplishments within them have played on our campus for so many years.”

Once projects have been developed and funding commitments identified, individual project plans will be submitted to the Board for design and budget approval. The projects included in the master plan, which will evolve and change, will be paid for with a mix of donor funding, state funding, hospital revenue and other sources.

The university will continue to provide regular updates to the Board of Trustees and the university community as they plan these difference-making projects.

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