CONTACT: STEVE MARAVETZ
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8033; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Feb. 14, 2001
Regents asked to approve College of Medicine schematic design
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Board of Regents, State of Iowa will receive a report
from the University of Iowa on the program for the College of Medicines
Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility-B (MEBRF-B) at the boards
February meeting in Ames. The project will be funded by a combination of university
and private money.
The project is planned as a seven-level 127,000 square foot facility. It
will house medical research space, College of Medicine administrative support
functions, and research support space.
The building will be a linear extension of the MEBRF, which is scheduled
to open later this year. It will be built on the site of the existing Steindler
Building, which will be razed to make way for the new facility. MEBRF-B is
designed to be consistent with the appearance of the first phase of MEBRF.
The building is needed because of a rapid increase in the College of Medicines
research enterprise, which has grown 78 percent since 1994. If approved, the
building is scheduled to come on line in 2005.
Also at the boards February meeting, the UI will ask the Regents to
approve leasing 18,000 square feet of space in the Firststar Bank Building
at 204 East Washington Street in Iowa City. The lease will provide needed
transitional space for faculty and staff from the Colleges of Medicine and
Public Health, and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, in order
to complete other projects necessary to vacate the Steindler Building, which
is scheduled for demolition later this year.