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Release: Sept. 30, 1999

Dubuque Street closed again for skywalk construction Oct. 4-8

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- One block of Dubuque Street between Jefferson Street and Iowa Avenue will be closed Monday, Oct. 4 through Friday, Oct. 8 for work on the skywalk linking the University of Iowa Biology Building and new biological sciences building. The street will be open again by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8.

In this phase of construction, contractors will finish painting the steel structural members. The project is taking a little longer than anticipated, university officials say, because the panel seams required extra care to ensure a proper appearance.

Designed by architect Siah Armajani, the skywalk links the two buildings at the second floor, providing easy access for students, faculty, and staff working in the Biological Sciences department.

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.