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University of Iowa News Release

May 4, 2006

UI Unveils New Campus Master Plan

The University of Iowa today made public its 2006 campus master plan, which will shape the way the university improves and maintains its current facilities as well as how it responds to pressures of growth and change.

The 2006 plan, titled "The Campus, the Buildings, and the Space Between," was developed by the 11-member UI Campus Planning Committee, chaired by Gregg Oden, professor of psychology and computer science.

The committee worked with UI faculty, staff, students and administrators, as well as with neighbors and other members of the Iowa City and Coralville community, including city planners, Oden says.

"Iowa, like all Big Ten schools, has experienced a growth rate of 2 to 2.5 million square feet of floor space each decade since World War II," Oden says. The UI's growth in just eight years since the previous master plan in 1998 was some 2.4 million square feet.

"Responding to that kind of growth demands a great deal of care and forethought. We need to grow, but we also need to preserve the beauty and functionality of the campus, maintain its special identity and minimize the impact on our neighbors and on the environment," he says.

Planners worked with several key ideas and principles, Oden says, including stewardship of buildings and land, accommodating growth within the core campus, promoting a pedestrian-oriented campus, providing gathering spaces, preserving open spaces and natural areas, and developing a River Park area. The River Park concept includes all university property along the riverbanks in a single system, protecting the banks and developing the whole area as a park.

"The 1998 master plan was very useful to university planners in responding to growth and changes in demand for space while never losing sight of our principles. We expect this new plan, which overlays the previous efforts, will be just as useful," Oden says.

For more information about the plan, see:

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