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University of Iowa News Release

March 13, 2006

IMU Renovation To Temporarily Close Iowa River Walkway

A stretch of sidewalk on the east bank of the Iowa River behind the Iowa Memorial Union will be closed for several months starting Monday, March 20 to accommodate the construction of the River Terrace on the west side of the IMU.

The sidewalk's closing is necessary as workers renovate and expand the terrace area behind the IMU, according to David Grady, associate vice president and director of University Life Centers. The new terrace area will provide a stronger connection between the building and the Iowa River with additional student gathering space and a venue for small concerts and plays.

Grady said construction should be complete and the sidewalk re-opened by mid-August, in time for the start of the Fall 2006 semester. Detour signs will be posted around the IMU to guide people around the construction area, he said, and access to the pedestrian bridge to the west side of campus from behind the IMU will remain open. Pedestrians can also use the ground floor of the IMU as a north-south route during building hours.

The IMU is in the midst of a $9.9 million renovation that will create a more inviting, functional and attractive union for the university, as well as add 13,000 square feet of additional student activity space. Renovations are expected to be completed in December. More information and details about the project, including architectural renderings, can be found on the IMU's Web site at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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