PROGRAM CONTACT: LARRY WILSON
MEDIA CONTACT: CHARLES S. DRUM
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0048; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: July 18, 2002
UI Will Dedicate Green Space To Richard E. Gibson
The University of Iowa will honor its long-time facilities services director,
Richard E. Gibson, by dedicating a green space to him on Tuesday, July 23
at 3 p.m. on the lawn south of the UI Main Library.
Gibson Square includes a specially designed, three-foot metal fence along
its west, south, and east sides, signs, and some special tree plantings. The
site includes a grove of trees, sidewalks, plantings, benches, and lighting
that was installed in conjunction with a 1995 project to improve the landscape
on the north and south sides of the library. Construction of the fence was
paid for with private funds.
Richard E. Gibson retired in June 2000 after 40 years at the University
of Iowa. He had worked as a chief administrator of campus facilities use and
planning, with a variety of titles, since 1965. In 1996, he became director
of the new Facilities Services Group and an Associate Vice President for Finance
and University Services.
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, a landscape architecture firm from Cambridge,
Mass., created the designs for the 1995 project and the new project, including
special signs and the new fence, which was manufactured by Iowa Prison Industries
and installed by campus crews, working with a local fence company.