CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.