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Release: August 10, 1999

Dubuque Street closed again for skywalk construction Aug. 12-13

IOWA CITY, Iowa — One block of Dubuque Street between Jefferson St. and Iowa Avenue will be closed Thursday and Friday, Aug. 12-13, for work on the skywalk linking the University of Iowa Biology Building and new biological sciences building.

In this phase of construction, contractors will be installing exterior panels on the skywalk roof, wall, and soffit.

Designed by architect Siah Armajani, the skywalk 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.