With its scenic beauty, historic character, and diverse amenities, the University of Iowa campus offers an ideal setting for learning, interaction, and reflection—or for that matter, just hanging out.
The University unveiled its first campus master plan in 1905, and the current version is designed with flexibility and sustainability in mind. Maintaining and modernizing existing buildings, enriching the campus landscape, and reducing the University’s environmental impact are the plan’s guiding principles.
Of course the campus continues to change and grow. Over the next few years, several building projects will offer new campus landmarks and enhanced facilities for education, research, and recreation.
Slated for completion in May 2010, a 216,000 square-foot Campus Recreation and Wellness Center at Burlington and Madison streets will offer swimming, fitness, and wellness facilities. The Beckwith Boathouse on the Iowa River bank near Mayflower residence hall will accommodate the UI rowing team and crew clubs. When completed in 2009, it is slated to become the University’s first LEED-certified building—a designation that recognizes green design and construction efforts.
On the health sciences campus, the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Discovery will provide nearly 200,000 square feet of new space for interdisciplinary research, while the College of Public Health will gain a new home on the site of the old International Center. The Oakdale Campus northwest of Iowa City will see a new University Hygienic Laboratory and the UI BioVentures Center, a research company incubator.
Meanwhile, existing structures—from the historic Art Building and Old Music Building to more recent facilities like the Dental Science Building and Carver-Hawkeye Arena—will get major updates. Planned modernization of the University’s Power Plant will provide cleaner, greener power, and connecting chilled water systems on the campus’s east and west sides will boost reliability and efficiency.
Generations ago, campus planners recognized their responsibility as stewards of the University’s most vital resource. Their successors carry on that mission with respect for tradition, the environment, and the generations to come.
Campus Master Plan
Recreation and Wellness Center Project
Iowa Institute for Biomedical Discovery
College of Public Health
University Hygienic Laboratory
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