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Release: May 14, 2002

UI to receive Iowa City Historic Preservation Commission Awards

The University of Iowa will be recognized for historically appropriate work done on two campus buildings during the 2002 City of Iowa City Historic Preservation Commission Awards Ceremony to be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 at St. Wenceslaus Church, 630 E. Davenport St.

The first of two Certificates of Recognition being given to the university is for renovation of the Old Biology Building, located at the corner of Dubuque and Jefferson Street and originally constructed for the College of Medicine in 1902. The four-story building's top floor, a 1920s addition originally designed to hold animals, was removed and replaced with a penthouse, while the remaining three floors were gutted, except for floors, corridor walls and interior structure, and replaced with new construction. The new interior, consisting of 13 research laboratories, support facilities and faculty offices, is the equivalent of a new building. Project participants include: UI project manager Stephen Buckman of the UI Facilities Services Group (FSG); UI Department representative Jack Lilien, chair, department of biological sciences; project consultants Chery Peterson and Rob Nelson of Brooks Borg Skiles Architecture Engineering, Des Moines; and contractor McComas Lacina Construction, Inc. of Iowa City.

The second UI project is the modernization of the five-story IIHR Hydraulics Laboratory Building, located at the intersection of Burlington Street and Riverside Drive and dating to 1932. The renovation replaced experimental space with office and research space, reflecting the change in research methodology from hands-on experimentation to computer modeling. The open floor plans allow for a sharing of natural light and exterior views while the preservation of existing masonry walls and the steel structure celebrates the historic character of the building and the University of Iowa College of Engineering's IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering. Similarly, the design of the masonry-clad penthouse recalls the character and architecture of the original facility. Project participants include: UI project manager/architect Gary Nagle, AIA, of FSG; UI department representative V.C. Patel, IIHR director; project consulting architect Bradd Brown, AIA, of OPN Architects, Inc., Cedar Rapids; and Lincoln Pearce and Brian Wegerer of KJWW Engineering Consultants of Rock Island, Ill.; and contractor Merit Construction Company of Cedar Rapids.