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June 12, 2008

University of Iowa Health Care announces project architect

University of Iowa Health Care leaders today announced that the Iowa City office of Heery International has been selected as the architect of record for the proposed replacement hospital additions and renovations at UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center is planning to build a critical care tower and children's hospital.

Construction is slated to begin in May 2010 with an expected completion date of September 2013. The towers and a subsequent renovation of patient-care areas are projected to cost between $700 and $850 million dollars over the coming decade.

UI Health Care leaders say the project is critically important to modernize the physical plant. The project will enhance access and convenience for patients and their families, making the center more "user-friendly."

One of the largest design firms in the nation, Heery International is recognized for the diversity of its designs. In addition to its substantial work on hospital and health care facilities, the firm's award-winning design expertise includes both new construction and renovation of existing buildings for aviation, commercial, industrial, institutional, higher education, criminal justice and sports facilities in the public and private sectors. Staff from Heery's Iowa City office will manage the overall project planning and construction process.

UI Health Care officials will also hire a master planning architectural firm and a children's hospital architect.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,