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Release: Nov. 14, 2001
Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver Biomedical Research Building design unveiled
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Members of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa got an
updated glimpse of a new building for the University of Iowa College of Medicine
Wednesday, Nov. 14. A detailed design drawing of the second building in the
University of Iowa's medical education and biomedical research capital project,
to be called the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver Biomedical Research Building,
was unveiled at the monthly meeting of the Regents in Cedar Falls.
Last week, the UI announced a $10 million gift from the Roy J. Carver Charitable
Trust of Muscatine to help fund the UI College of Medicine's capital improvement
plan. Construction on the $40 million, 130,000-square-foot Carver Biomedical
Research Building will begin next summer with completion slated for 2005.
Earlier this year, the Regents approved the schematic design for the new structure.
Payette and Associates/Rohrbach Carlson Architects are designing the building.
Last week's gift represents the largest single gift ever made by the Carver
Trust, and brings the Trust's total amount of giving to UI projects to nearly
The Carver Building will be a major medical research facility on the UI
40 research modules and numerous specialized laboratory support services.
It will also house the central administrative offices of the College of Medicine.
The building will house key components of the college's research activities,
including investigators studying genetics, neuroscience and aging.
"The College of Medicine's research funding has grown from $104 million
in 1994 to $170 million in 2000," said Robert P. Kelch, dean of the College
of Medicine and vice president for statewide health services. "Support
from the Carver Trust has been integral to this growth. This gift by the Carver
Trust for our capital facilities comes in addition to the Trust's longstanding
support for faculty and students in the college."
The new building will be the second of three new facilities planned for
the health sciences campus. It will be a linear extension of the Medical Education
and Biomedical Research Facility (MEBRF), which will be dedicated in late
May. The MEBRF will house the Roy J. Carver Molecular Science Research Center,
funded by a $3 million Carver Trust grant in 1998. Classes began in the MEBRF
in September and the building's laboratory space will begin coming online
later this year.
During his lifetime, Iowa industrialist and philanthropist Roy J. Carver
of Muscatine contributed nearly $10 million to the University of Iowa in support
of scholarships, professorships, medical research, the UI Hospitals and Clinics,
the Iowa Opportunity Fund, and Iowa athletics. He died in 1981.
Lucille A. Carver attended the UI and in 1972 received the Distinguished
Service Award from the UI Alumni Association. A former director of the Carver
Pump Company, she currently serves as a member of the board of directors of
Bandag Inc. of Muscatine and also served on the UI Foundation board of directors
from 1981 to 1985.