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Release: July 9, 1999
Dubuque Street to be partially closed for skywalk construction
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.