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Release: Feb. 14, 2001
Regents asked to permit project planning for a new West campus residence
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will ask the Board of Regents,
State of Iowa, for permission to proceed with project planning and the selection
of an architect for a new residence hall on the West campus. The construction
of a new residence hall and related student support facilities will address
the most pressing needs on the West campus and is anticipated to be the first
project in a series of steps designed to redevelop the West campus.
The proposal to be considered by the Regents is part of the residence services
department's 10-year capital plan that is intended to meet the student demand
for housing and to increase the level of student services on the West campus.
In recent years, nearly half of incoming freshman have requested semi-private
rooms with bath when applying for housing, and these requests are increasing
by five percent each year.
"If the university is to be successful in attracting students to its
campus and to reflect the changing wants of first-year students, the construction
of a residence hall of this type is necessary," said Maggie Van Oel,
director of residence services.
A goal of the UI's new five-year strategic plan calls for the creation of
a campus environment that reflects the changing needs of the student population.
Additional residence hall capacity would also make it possible to make improvements
to current facilities, which because of high demand cannot be temporarily
removed from service for renovation.
That could include a West campus branch of the Student Union, space for
academic activities and a new student learning center for the athletic department.
A new residence hall building will be financed with residence services revenue
bonds and is estimated to cost between $20 million to $30 million depending
upon the size, location and number of students to be served. This estimate
is very preliminary and will be refined during the planning process. The Regents
will consider the proposal at its Feb. 21-22 meeting at Iowa State University