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Release: August 11, 1999
UI vacates aging southwest wing of Seashore Hall as
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa administrators
today (August 11) said the 101-year-old southwest wing of Seashore Hall will
be vacated as a precaution between now and November. They also said that the
remaining areas of Seashore Hall will continue to function as usual.
The southwest wing of Seashore Hall currently houses
two classrooms, portions of the psychology library, as well as art, sociology,
and journalism offices and laboratories. Richard E. Gibson, associate vice
president and director of the UI Facilities Service Group, said that the changes
are precautionary in nature.
"If we were to get heavy snow loads and high winds
this winter, the combination could conceivably cause the roof of the southwest
wing of Seashore Hall to fail. Although these conditions are unlikely to occur,
we want to be very cautious, primarily because of the age of the structure,"
Gibson said. "We initiated planning discussions with department administrators
today, and we are developing a plan for the relocation of all affected activities.
Our plans for the southwest wing are unrelated to the rest of Seashore Hall,
which remains structurally sound."
Completed in 1898, the southwest wing of Seashore
contains 12,350 square feet of classroom, library and office space. Gibson
added that this portion of Seashore Hall has long been on the university's
list of buildings slated for eventual demolition and replacement.