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Release: May 24, 1999

Dubuque Street will be closed May 24-28 for skywalk construction

IOWA CITY, Iowa — One block of Dubuque Street between Jefferson Street and Iowa Avenue will be closed May 24-28 for construction of the skywalk linking a new biological sciences building now under construction with the existing complex of buildings that make up the University of Iowa department of biological sciences.

The street will be closed to allow the installation of the skywalk frame spanning Dubuque Street between the new building and the older buildings. A crane first will place steel columns on the west side of the street and finally the skywalk section. The street should be open again for traffic Saturday, May 29.

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 too costly.

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 are remodeling the old Biology Annex, which will house 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.

Brooks, Borg and Skiles, a Des Moines architectural firm, designed the new building. McComas Lacina of Iowa City is the general contractor.