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University of Iowa Foundation Release


June 6, 2008

PHOTO CUTLINE: An architect's perspective drawing of the southeast view of the new College of Public Health Academic Building being built on the west side of the UI campus.

Carver Trust makes $2 million grant for UI public health building

A $2 million grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust in Muscatine, Iowa, will advance public health education and research at the University of Iowa and enhance the health of all Iowans by helping to construct the first permanent home for the UI College of Public Health.

Approved by the Carver Trust's board of trustees in April, the grant for the new College of Public Health Academic Building was made through the UI Foundation.

"This very generous gift not only provides critically important funds to support construction of the College of Public Health academic building, it is also a major investment in public health in Iowa," said James Merchant, dean of the College of Public Health. "This gift from the Carver Trust also signifies that the University of Iowa's newest college will have high-quality academic facilities that match the Trust's high standards of excellence."

The new facility, to be built on the site of what was the UI International Center on the west side of campus, will consolidate academic, administrative and student-related functions of the College of Public Health. The college's programs are now located in 15 different buildings on and off campus. The $47.7 million building will be financed by a combination of state funding, university revenue bonds, private gifts and funds being sought from federal appropriations.

"Clearly, the construction of this facility is essential for the college, both as a symbol of its evolving identity as a recognized leader in public health research and education, as well as a solution to issues stemming from the scattering of program components across the UI campus," said Troy Ross, executive administrator of the Carver Trust. "The trust is very pleased to assist the college in this effort, and, with this contribution, hopes to encourage other donors to participate in the ongoing building campaign."

The 130,000-gross-square-foot building will consist of two wings with a total of five levels each, including one underground level. All but the fourth level and a first-level auditorium will be completed as part of initial construction. Upon completion, the facility will provide state-of-the-art classrooms, teaching laboratories and offices for primary faculty in the college's five academic departments: biostatistics, community and behavioral health, epidemiology, health management and policy, and occupational and environmental health.

The new facility -- integrating "green" design features such as reflective roofing, use of natural lighting, permeable paving systems and native-species planting areas -- will serve as a showcase for sustainability and environmental awareness. The UI intends to achieve Silver-level certification for this building within the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. It will be the first LEED-certified academic building on the UI campus. The building is being designed by a two-firm team consisting of Payette of Boston and Rohrbach Associates PC of Iowa City. Construction of the facility is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2008, with project completion by late 2010.

Established in 1999, the UI College of Public Health is one of 40 accredited schools of public health in the United States and the only such school in Iowa. The college offers the Master of Health Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with multiple majors and focus areas, as well as combined degree programs with the UI Colleges of Business, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy -- and Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2007, there were 443 College of Public Health graduate students including 22 students pursuing a Certificate in Public Health.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the UI Foundation, visit http://

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STORY SOURCE: UI Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550

MEDIA CONTACTS: Scott Ford, UI Foundation; 319-335-3305 or 800-648-6973; Writer: Forrest Meyer