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Release: July 9, 1999

Dubuque Street to be partially closed for skywalk construction July 12-30

IOWA CITY, Iowa — One block of Dubuque Street between Jefferson St. and Iowa Avenue will have restricted traffic flow July 12-30 for work on the skywalk linking the University of Iowa Biology Building and new biological sciences building.

This is the fifth phase of construction to complete the skywalk that spans Dubuque Street. The parking lane in the block that passes under the skywalk will be closed July 12-16, then the southbound lane will be closed July 19-23, and finally the north bound lane will be closed July 26-30. There will be two-way traffic through the area at all times.

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.