PROGRAM CONTACT: GEORGE HOLLINS
MEDIA CONTACT: CHARLES S. DRUM
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0048; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 10, 2002
New journalism building planned for UI
Below ia an artist's rendering of the proposed new University of Iowa Classroom
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new classroom building that will house the University of Iowa school of journalism
is on the drawing board for the UI campus.
The University of Iowa will present the Board of Regents, State of Iowa
with preliminary plans for the three story, 42,600 square foot structure,
which will hold some 14 classrooms, as well as broadcast studios, laboratories,
offices, meeting spaces, and a newspaper office. The Regents will consider
the request during its April 17 meeting in Council Bluffs. The board previously
approved project planning for the building at its January 2000 meeting.
The new building will be located on the new Washington Street pedestrian
plaza, between the Becker Communications Studies Building, the Main Library
and the English-Philosophy Building. A second-level walkway will connect the
building to the Becker building.
George Hollins, UI director of design and construction services, says the
building is designed to accommodate the increasing overlap between print,
broadcast, and internet news delivery. "Broadcast studios, newspaper
offices, and cyber spaces are integrated in the design, in much the same way
they're integrated in the profession," he says.
Much of the building is dedicated to journalism, but most of its classrooms
may be scheduled with classes from almost any discipline, Hollins says. "We're
always in need of classrooms on this campus, especially ones that are equipped
with more recent technology, as these will be."
Construction on the new building is set to begin November 2002, pending
state appropriation. Completion is expected by the end of July 2004. Estimated
cost of the project is $15 million.