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University Services Building offers benefits for students, faculty,
staff, UI official says
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A new University Services Building will allow the
University of Iowa to move some offices to the perimeter of the campus,
vacating space in central campus buildings that can be used by students
and faculty, a UI official told the State Board of Regents Thursday. The
new building will also better serve faculty and staff by making the Office
of Human Resources, including payroll and staff benefits departments, more
The Regents subsequently approved a project description and preliminary
budget for the $7.95 million building. The three-story building will be
located at the southwest corner of Prentiss and South Capitol streets and
will house two UI offices for certain: Human Resources and Facilities Services
Group. Completion of the building's third floor may be delayed, depending
on the cost, but that floor will eventually house some members of the Office
of Information Technology Services.
"This building will solve a number of problems for us," said
Douglas K. True, UI vice president for finance and university services.
"By moving some of our service units out of the facilities they currently
occupy on the central campus, that space can be devoted to student-centered
and faculty-centered uses."
The location of the new building will have room for two parking lots
with a combined capacity of 100 cars. That will make it much more accessible
to UI faculty and staff than Eastlawn, the current location of payroll
and staff benefits offices, True noted.
"Perhaps just as important, the new building will provide much
improved facilities for our Human Resources employees," he added.
"The current conditions under which they work at Eastlawn are deplorable."
Completion of the third floor would allow the UI to bring together many
employees of ITS, who are now scattered among four buildings: the Chemistry
Building, Jessup Hall, the Lindquist Center and leased space in the US
West Building in downtown Iowa City. In addition to improving efficiency
of operations, the move would free space in the Lindquist Center that is
needed by the College of Education and its Iowa Testing Programs, True
The UI has agreed to vacate Eastlawn by Oct. 1, 1999, so that Iowa City
can use that space for a new parking facility. To avoid moving Human Resources
employees twice, the UI in September asked for and received Regent approval
to use a fast-track approach in bidding the project. Public bids for the
first portion of the project will be received in early November. That part
of the project includes site demolition and preparation, construction of
footings and foundations and the structural steel.