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Release: August 11, 1999

UI vacates aging southwest wing of Seashore Hall as precaution

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa administrators today (August 11) said the 101-year-old southwest wing of Seashore Hall will be vacated as a precaution between now and November. They also said that the remaining areas of Seashore Hall will continue to function as usual.

The southwest wing of Seashore Hall currently houses two classrooms, portions of the psychology library, as well as art, sociology, and journalism offices and laboratories. Richard E. Gibson, associate vice president and director of the UI Facilities Service Group, said that the changes are precautionary in nature.

"If we were to get heavy snow loads and high winds this winter, the combination could conceivably cause the roof of the southwest wing of Seashore Hall to fail. Although these conditions are unlikely to occur, we want to be very cautious, primarily because of the age of the structure," Gibson said. "We initiated planning discussions with department administrators today, and we are developing a plan for the relocation of all affected activities. Our plans for the southwest wing are unrelated to the rest of Seashore Hall, which remains structurally sound."

Completed in 1898, the southwest wing of Seashore contains 12,350 square feet of classroom, library and office space. Gibson added that this portion of Seashore Hall has long been on the university's list of buildings slated for eventual demolition and replacement.