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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: June 10 1999
Dubuque Street closed again for skywalk construction
IOWA CITY, Iowa One block of Dubuque Street
between Jefferson St. and Iowa Avenue will be closed again June 14-18 for
work on 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.
This is the third phase of construction on the skywalk
that will span Dubuque St. The block will be closed to allow for installation
of panels on the roof and bottom of the skywalk, as well as some framing for
siding panels. The block will also be closed again for a week in July, but
dates are not yet established for that closing. The block was closed in late
April for excavation and installation of foundations for the skywalk and again
in late May to place skywalk sections in place.
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.