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University of Iowa News Release


March 10, 2011

Media Advisory: Demolition of Oakdale Hall by wrecking ball

WHAT: Demolition of Oakdale Hall by wrecking ball.

WHEN: About 8 a.m. Friday, March 11, barring bad weather, in which case the demolition start will be rescheduled. Media are advised to be on site 15 minutes early to take a position in the viewing area. Total demolition of the building will be completed over a two-to-three-week time period.

WHERE: University of Iowa Research Park. Media should park in the southeast parking lot on the west side of Oakdale Hall and walk up a short lane to the viewing area. A map of the area is available at:

WHY: The state of Iowa built the facility in 1917 as a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients on what is now the UI's Research Park. The UI took over the property in 1965 and has housed a variety of programs in Oakdale Hall since then, including alcoholic rehabilitation and research labs and the State Hygienic Laboratory.

Today the cost of maintaining, heating and cooling the facility today outweighs the benefits of its continued use. By tearing it down and relocating all occupants, the UI will save millions in one-time deferred maintenance costs and annual operating expenses for this facility.

WHO: Several representatives of Facilities Management and the Hygienic Laboratory will be on hand to answer questions about the building's history, and the savings realized by tearing down the building. A fact sheet will also be available.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Wendy Moorehead, Facilities Management, 319-335-1246,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,

MEDIA CONTACT: Pat Blake, 319-335-4177,