CONTACT: RICH WRETMAN
Director of Development
College of Engineering
Iowa City IA 52242
Gifts for UI Engineering Building top $5 million
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Foundation today (Sept. 16)
announced that the campaign for the UI Engineering Building modernization
project has raised more than $5 million of its $8 million goal during the
campaign's first seven months, and that three building areas will be named
in recognition of generous alumni and corporate contributors. The three
* The H. William Lichtenberger Engineering Library, named in honor
of a 1959 graduate of the college;
* The IES Industries Career Services Office Suite, named in honor of
the Cedar Rapids utilities company;
* The Erwin W. and Vera L. Fethke Rooftop Terrace, named in memory
of the parents of Wayne G. Fethke, a 1971 UI engineering graduate.
The fund-raising campaign is helping to finance a four-year, $26 million
modernization of the 90-year-old Engineering Building, with $14 million
coming from state appropriations, $4 million from the university, and at
least $8 million from alumni, friends, and corporations. A groundbreaking
ceremony for the project was held in May, with completion scheduled for
2001. Richard K. Miller, dean of the College of Engineering, said that
the campaign is experiencing success due to early support from alumni and
"We are overwhelmed and gratified by the generosity already shown
by graduates and friends in response to this campaign," Miller said.
"I am especially pleased that many of these contributors will have
rooms and other areas in the building named in their honor, so future generations
of engineering students will understand and appreciate the commitment made
by those who have preceded them."
The H. William Lichtenberger Engineering Library, recognizing a campaign
pledge of $750,000, will be a significantly expanded version of the present
library. Lichtenberger, of Ridgefield, Conn., is chairman and CEO of Praxair,
Inc., North America's largest producer of industrial gases. He is a long-time
supporter of the College of Engineering and currently serves on the Campaign
Steering Committee for the building modernization project. In 1997 Lichtenberger
received the UI Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award and was
elected to the college's Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy.
The IES Industries Career Services Office Suite, recognizing a $250,000
campaign commitment, will be located on the building's third floor and
will be primarily utilized by undergraduate students for job searches,
employer interviews, and other career-related activities. IES Industries
is among the university's most generous corporate contributors, and has
previously supported such projects as the campaign for the Pappajohn Business
Administration Building, the Ovation Campaign to renovate Hancher Auditorium,
and the Hawkeye Horizons Campaign for men's and women's athletics.
The Erwin W. and Vera L. Fethke Rooftop Terrace recognizes a $150,000
campaign pledge by Wayne G. Fethke and his wife, Phyllis A. Fethke, in
memory of his parents. Fethke is president and CEO of Fiskars Inc., of
Madison, Wis., and is a member of the college's Engineering Advisory Board.
The Roof Terrace, to be located on the building's fourth floor above the
new Student Learning Center, will be a popular outdoor gathering spot for
students and faculty, as well as for collegiate alumni events and other
"Being more than halfway toward our goal at this relatively early
stage of the campaign is very encouraging," said Rich Wretman, the
UI Foundation's director of development for the College of Engineering.
"I'm confident of a generous response early next year when we approach
all alumni of the college for their support."
Designed by Iowa City architects Neumann Monson, P.C., and the Los Angeles
firm Anshen + Allen, the modernization project will preserve much of the
original 1906 Engineering Building while adding classrooms, labs, and student-oriented
study and meeting areas. The project will be completed in stages, and
renovation has already begun on some of the interior portions of the building.
Demolition of existing structures on the site will begin later this fall.
The project is on schedule, according to college officials, with completion
of both renovation and new construction set for 2001.
The UI Foundation is the preferred channel of support for private contributions
to all areas of the University of Iowa. Foundation staff work with alumni
and friends to provide capital funds, scholarships, and other forms of
support for the UI.