2002--03 academic year has seen major developments in the built environment of
the campus and so considerable engagement for the Campus Planning Committee.
west campus residential neighborhood, beginning with the building of the
athletic learning center on Melrose, is being reimagined. This requires careful
thought about traffic, neighborhood relations, and design that serves students'
safety and desires. CPC has been
engaged with all of this dialogue, this and including other west side
activities: always additions to the
medical campus and parking for it and for students, renovation of Kinnick,
rethinking an egress from a west-side parking facility along the golf course to
avoid much of Melrose. The list
arts campus has also developed in the last year. Work on the new art building has begun, first by draining the
pond. No visible bodies there.
Dey house renovation is about to beginning.
The journalism building has begun. Many
cranes around campus!
has overseen the reconstruction of Old Capitol, a high profile project.
While the public has recently seen the installation of a new gold dome--a
good thing, to be sure--we are especially keen on the proposed new vibrant
interior colors for their own sake and because they more closely recapture the
19-century interior. We also applaud the Design and Construction staff and the Old
Capitol staff for finding a bell made by the same 19-c manufacturer as the
destroyed bell, one with a pitch only a half tone (I believe) different from the
first bell. Pictures of OC from
before the fire make it clear to me at least that the dome itself--not to speak
to the fire and water damage to the interior--was much rotted away and destroyed
before the fire took it.
are now in the process of participating in the choice of architects for the
renovation of IMU. The local firm
is chosen; the national firm with special expertise in student unions will be
chosen soon. Similarly, the
architect for renovation of the Pres. house has been chosen.
this building can be heady stuff, but what I find most gratifying is the
expansion of CPC invitation list to include the mayors and other city officials
and the neighborhood liaisons from Iowa City, University Heights, Coralville.
The University Heights mayor attends regularly.
The Iowa City mayor sometimes.
CPC has a representative on the west side traffic task force that meets with
Iowa City planners, their consultants and neighborhood representatives.
This discussion is crucial to the city and the university and the
residents. Possible solutions are
hard to come by and harder to agree upon. This
important work will continue.
has also engaged in an ad hoc committee to consider how community relations
should best be handled via university committee structure. How can we get the
best and fullest participation on and off campus and create long-term thinking.
Planning is in fact about the long term.
we are about to embark on a series of listening posts to elicit planning input
from people on and off campus. This
is the first time that there have been neighborhood meetings off campus.
We hope that the faculty senate and council will participate in these
fora and encourage others to do so as well.
have not addressed issues of environmental stewardship, another exciting area
more in evidence at CPC meetings. If
you would like me to, call on me.