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Regents receive update on plans for College of Medicine facilities

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa State Board of Regents today received an update from University of Iowa officials on several aspects of a proposed capital project to upgrade facilities in the College of Medicine.

Included in the report, which was presented by Dean Robert P. Kelch of the College of Medicine, was a review of the Master Plan for the Health Sciences Campus, including the presentation of:

* A plan for renovation of and a small addition to the Westlawn Building. The UI's Student Health Services and some programs in the department of preventive medicine and environmental health will be relocated in Westlawn once this aspect of the project is completed. Westlawn will also house a new research laboratory for the department of orthopaedic surgery and other College of Medicine programs when the Westlawn project is finished.

* A plan for the phased demolition of the Steindler Building. In addition to the department of preventive medicine and environmental health, and other academic programs, Steindler houses the department of family medicine, which will be relocated to the Pomerantz Family Pavilion of the UI Hospitals and Clinics prior to the demolition.

* An update on renovation work in the Bowen Science Building. Laboratories in the department of microbiology were renovated last fall. Phased renovations are underway on laboratories in the departments of anatomy, physiology and pharmacology.

* A plan for the relocation of Newton Road, the major thoroughfare on the north side of the health sciences campus.

* An early schematic design for the new Medical Education and Biomedical Research Building, which will be constructed on a site that now includes the Steindler Building and part of Newton Road.

"We are pleased that this very important project is moving ahead on schedule," said UI President Mary Sue Coleman. "We will continue to work closely with the regents as each portion of the project begins."

Assisting Kelch with the presentation and taking questions from the regents was Jeff Burke of Payette Associates, Boston, the UI's architectural consultants for the project.

3/19/97