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Release: March 13, 2002

IIHR - Hydroscience & Engineering hosts March 15 open house

The University of Iowa College of Engineering's IIHR - Hydroscience & Engineering will host an open house from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, March 15 to showcase the renovation of the Hydraulics Laboratory, 300 South Riverside Drive.

V.C. Patel, IIHR director, said, "The staff and students are delighted with the much-needed and long-awaited renovation. It provides a greatly improved environment for collaborative learning and research." In remodeling the first through the fifth floors, the architects (OPN, Inc. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa) modernized the interior while retaining the integrity of the building's structural components and its historical significance. Throughout the building, riveted steel beams and walls of the original construction are featured to reflect IIHR's rich research tradition and the generations of students and staff who have begun or made their careers there. Changes to the exterior of the building consist of the addition of a penthouse that houses utilities and the construction of a plaza and structure for a new north entrance, which allows on-grade accessibility.

The ship-model towing tank in the basement is the only major experimental research facility remaining in the Hydraulics Laboratory. All other laboratory facilities have been relocated to the three laboratories south of the university's power plant.

The open house is free and open to the public. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact IIHR in advance at (319) 335-5237.

IIHR - Hydroscience & Engineering, a unit of the UI College of Engineering, is one of the world's premier and oldest fluids research and engineering laboratories. Students and visitors from around the world have come to IIHR to study and conduct research and to carry acquired expertise back to their home countries.

For more information on the open house, please contact IIHR or Marlene Janssen at (319) 335-5253 or marlene-janssen@uiowa.edu.