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Iowa State Board of Regents accepts bid for new College of Medicine
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa State Board of Regents has approved a bid
of $40,430,000 from Knutson Mid-America of Iowa City for construction of
the 213,000 square-foot Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility
(MEBRF) at the University of Iowa. Knutson Mid-America submitted the lowest
cost of six construction bids. The overall project budget is $56.8 million
and this construction award keeps the project on target and within budget.
"We are extremely pleased that good bids were received and that
we are within the budget targets set earlier," said Dr. Robert P.
Kelch, dean of the College of Medicine. "This estimate places us squarely
within the current financing parameters for the capital project. We are
eager to begin construction of this critical new facility."
Construction will begin in 1999. The building is the centerpiece of
a redesign of the health sciences campus. The redesign will include the
relocation of Newton Road and the construction of an 800-space parking
In addition, extensive renovations have been made to several buildings
that comprise the health sciences campus, including Bowen Science Building
and Westlawn. The entire health sciences campus project is the largest
capital project ever undertaken by the UI.
The MEBRF, which is being designed by Payette Associates of Boston in
conjunction with Baldwin White Architects of Des Moines, will be the flagship
building for the college, serving as home for medical student education.
It will also house state-of-the-art research laboratories. The building
is expected to be completed in the fall of 2001.
The building will be financed by a combination of state support, private
gifts, revenue bonds and other resources. UI President Mary Sue Coleman
recognized the importance of the state's early financial commitment to
this project and the high degree of leverage of that state support using
private gifts and university earnings.
"These collective contributions make possible a transformation
of our medical facilities, enabling us to provide the best medical education
in the United States and likewise enabling our excellent faculty to compete
successfully for bioscience and medical research opportunities," Coleman
The UI Foundation has embarked on a campaign, "Seeking Knowledge
Through Healing," to raise $25 million, $15 million of which will
be used to finance the MEBRF. The remainder will help establish scholarships
and endow faculty positions.
Two major gifts to the campaign have already been announced. The Carver
Charitable Trust of Muscatine has made a gift of $3 million to establish
the Roy J. Carver Molecular Science Research Center and the Sahai family
of Webster City has given the UI Foundation $3.25 million for the Sahai
Medical Education Center.