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UI's Levitt Center schedules June 13 community open house

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Staff housed in the University of Iowa's newest building, the Levitt Center for University Advancement, will welcome visitors during a university and community open house Saturday, June 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Levitt Center, located on Park Road across from City Park and just northwest of Hancher Auditorium, has been under construction since 1995. The building was formally dedicated by UI President Mary Sue Coleman and other officials during a May 9 ceremony and ribbon cutting.

The 112,000-gross-square-foot Levitt Center houses more than 250 employees (including many part-time UI student staff) of the UI Foundation, the UI Alumni Association, and the UI Division of Alumni Records and Services. Approximately 40 percent of the building's space -- including the entire fourth floor and the large rotunda on the structure's east end -- will be used for meetings, dinners, receptions, and other large-scale events related to fund-raising, alumni relations, and other forms of university advancement.

During the open house, Levitt Center visitors will be provided with a building map. UI Foundation and Alumni Association staff will be on hand to give directions and information. Refreshments will be served.

While substantially complete, the building is still a "work in progress" according to UI officials, with finishing touches being added during the next six to eight weeks.

Named for UI alumni Richard S. and Jeanne S. Levitt of Des Moines and Minneapolis, who made a commitment of more than $2.5 million the project in 1995, the Levitt Center was designed by Charles Gwathmey of Gwathmey Siegel and Associates Architects of New York. The project architect was Bill Anderson of Brooks Borg Skiles Architecture Engineering of Des Moines. The general contractor is Knutson Mid America Construction Services Inc. of Iowa City.

6/9/98