CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0557; fax (319) 335-0558
Reporters and photographers are invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony
at 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, near the corner of Dubuque Street and Iowa
Avenue to mark the construction of a new building for the UI biological
UI President Mary Sue Coleman, Linda Maxson, dean of the College of
Liberal Arts, and Gary Gussin, professor and head of biological sciences,
will be on hand to initiate the building project. The $15 million building
is scheduled for completion in January 2000. The four-story, 46,000- square-foot
structure will provide new classrooms, laboratory space and a greenhouse
for the department.
The new building is the second part of Phase 1 of a plan to provide
new space and to renovate existing buildings that make up the Biological
Sciences Complex. The remodeling of the Biology Annex for a new departmental
library began in June 1997 and is scheduled to be completed this October.
Phase 2 will include the remodeling of Old Biology, a building originally
built in 1902, as well as Biology I, built in 1963, and Biology II, built
in 1970. Those remodeling projects are scheduled to begin in August 1999
and be completed by August 2001.