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Release: Feb. 14, 2001

Regents asked to approve College of Medicine schematic design

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Board of Regents, State of Iowa will receive a report from the University of Iowa on the program for the College of Medicine’s Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility-B (MEBRF-B) at the board’s February meeting in Ames. The project will be funded by a combination of university and private money.

The project is planned as a seven-level 127,000 square foot facility. It will house medical research space, College of Medicine administrative support functions, and research support space.

The building will be a linear extension of the MEBRF, which is scheduled to open later this year. It will be built on the site of the existing Steindler Building, which will be razed to make way for the new facility. MEBRF-B is designed to be consistent with the appearance of the first phase of MEBRF.

The building is needed because of a rapid increase in the College of Medicine’s research enterprise, which has grown 78 percent since 1994. If approved, the building is scheduled to come on line in 2005.

Also at the board’s February meeting, the UI will ask the Regents to approve leasing 18,000 square feet of space in the Firststar Bank Building at 204 East Washington Street in Iowa City. The lease will provide needed transitional space for faculty and staff from the Colleges of Medicine and Public Health, and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, in order to complete other projects necessary to vacate the Steindler Building, which is scheduled for demolition later this year.