CONTACT: CHARLES S. DRUM
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0048; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Sept. 30, 1999
Dubuque Street closed again for skywalk construction
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- One block of Dubuque Street between
Jefferson Street and Iowa Avenue will be closed Monday, Oct. 4 through Friday,
Oct. 8 for work on the skywalk linking the University of Iowa Biology Building
and new biological sciences building. The street will be open again by 5 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 8.
In this phase of construction, contractors will finish
painting the steel structural members. The project is taking a little longer
than anticipated, university officials say, because the panel seams required
extra care to ensure a proper appearance.
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.
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.