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Regents receive update on plans for College of Medicine facilities
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa State Board of Regents today received an
update from University of Iowa officials on several aspects of a proposed
capital project to upgrade facilities in the College of Medicine.
Included in the report, which was presented by Dean Robert P. Kelch
of the College of Medicine, was a review of the Master Plan for the Health
Sciences Campus, including the presentation of:
* A plan for renovation of and a small addition to the Westlawn Building.
The UI's Student Health Services and some programs in the department of
preventive medicine and environmental health will be relocated in Westlawn
once this aspect of the project is completed. Westlawn will also house
a new research laboratory for the department of orthopaedic surgery and
other College of Medicine programs when the Westlawn project is finished.
* A plan for the phased demolition of the Steindler Building. In addition
to the department of preventive medicine and environmental health, and
other academic programs, Steindler houses the department of family medicine,
which will be relocated to the Pomerantz Family Pavilion of the UI Hospitals
and Clinics prior to the demolition.
* An update on renovation work in the Bowen Science Building. Laboratories
in the department of microbiology were renovated last fall. Phased renovations
are underway on laboratories in the departments of anatomy, physiology
* A plan for the relocation of Newton Road, the major thoroughfare on
the north side of the health sciences campus.
* An early schematic design for the new Medical Education and Biomedical
Research Building, which will be constructed on a site that now includes
the Steindler Building and part of Newton Road.
"We are pleased that this very important project is moving ahead
on schedule," said UI President Mary Sue Coleman. "We will continue
to work closely with the regents as each portion of the project begins."
Assisting Kelch with the presentation and taking questions from the
regents was Jeff Burke of Payette Associates, Boston, the UI's architectural
consultants for the project.