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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.