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Release: April 21, 1999

Dubuque Street closing twice for skywalk construction

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- One block of Dubuque Street between Jefferson St. and Iowa Avenue will be closed April 26-28 and then again May 24-28 for construction of the skywalk linking the University of Iowa Biology Building and new biological sciences building now under construction just east of the existing complex of buildings that make up the UI department of biological sciences.

. On Monday, April 26 the block will be closed to allow excavation and installation of deep foundations for the skywalk along the east wall of the Biology Building. The construction should take three days and the street should be opened again for traffic on Thursday, April 29. Then, on Monday, May 24, the block will be closed again to allow the installation of the skywalk frame spanning the street. A crane first will place steel columns on the west side of the street and finally the skywalk section. The street should be open again for traffic on Saturday, May 29.

The skywalk, designed by architect Siah Armajani, links the two buildings at the second floor, providing easy access for students, faculty, and staff working in the biological sciences department. An underground tunnel was deemed too costly.

Construction of the new building is the first phase of a two-part initiative to renew the biological sciences complex. Also as part of phase one, workers have remodeled the old Biology Annex, which houses the departmental library. The second phase of the project will involve the renovation of the old Biology Building, which was built in 1902 as the first home of the UI College of Medicine as well as improvements of building support systems in the existing biology buildings. The new building was designed by Brooks, Borg and Skiles, a Des Moines architectural firm. McComas Lacina of Iowa City is the general contractor.