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University of Iowa News Release


July 1, 2008

Culver proclamation intended to speed flood recovery at UI

Iowa Governor Chet Culver today signed a "Proclamation of Disaster Emergency" that temporarily suspends state regulations requiring competitive bidding on construction and repair projects at the University of Iowa. The proclamation is intended to help the University of Iowa speed its recovery from the worst flooding in its history.

The proclamation cites the need for the UI to "move quickly to engage contractors and service providers with the expertise, skills, and experience necessary to undertake the broad spectrum of repairs, including classrooms, unique and specialized research laboratories and facilities, student housing, utility infrastructure, music and theater venues, [and] parking and transportation."

"We are grateful to Governor Culver for all that he has done to help us recover from this historic flood," said UI President Sally Mason. "He was available from the beginning to see firsthand how we were affected and to lift the spirits of the many volunteers who filled sandbags to help protect our campus.

"Governor Culver recognizes the extraordinary circumstances we face as we seek to move expeditiously to recover so that we can maintain our commitments to the highest quality education, research and service," Mason added. "We will honor his trust by using this temporary authority very judiciously."

UI Senior Vice President and Treasurer Doug True echoed President Mason's commitment to the limited use of the emergency proclamation's authority. "We will use this authority only to achieve essential elements of the recovery process," he said. "And we will work very closely with the Regents and the Board of Regents office to identify projects that should be undertaken under this process."

Flooding on the Iowa River this spring and summer has damaged 20 major UI buildings as well as campus utilities, including the campus tunnel system, which provides steam, chilled water, energy and information technology networking services to campus, Culver's proclamation noted.

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott, university spokesperson, 319-335-0552