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Release: June 30, 1999
Dubuque Street closed once again for skywalk construction July 6-9
IOWA CITY, Iowa One block of Dubuque Street between Jefferson
St. and Iowa Avenue will be closed again July 6 through July 9 for work on
the skywalk linking the University of Iowa Biology Building and new biological
sciences building now under construction just east of the existing complex
of buildings that make up the UI department of biological sciences.
This is the fourth phase of construction on the skywalk that will span
Dubuque St. The block will be closed to allow for trim and preparation of
the skywalks exterior panels. The block will also be reduced to one
lane later in the month. The block was closed in late April for excavation
and installation of foundations for the skywalk, in late May to place skywalk
sections in place, and in mid June for installation of panels on the roof
and bottom of the skywalk and to frame some side panels.
The skywalk, designed by architect Siah Armajani, links the two buildings
at the second floor, providing easy access for students, faculty, and staff
working in the biological sciences department. An underground tunnel was deemed
Construction of the new building is the first phase of a two-part initiative
to renew the biological sciences complex. Also as part of phase one, workers
have remodeled the old Biology Annex, which houses the departmental library.
The second phase of the project will involve the renovation of the old Biology
Building, which was built in 1902 as the first home of the UI College of Medicine
as well as improvements of building support systems in the existing biology
buildings. The new building was designed by Brooks, Borg and Skiles, a Des
Moines architectural firm. McComas Lacina of Iowa City is the general contractor.