When visitors to the greater Iowa City area step onto the University of Iowa campus they will see and feel nearly $1.2 billion in construction projects underway, a pace unprecedented in the UI’s 166-year history and on scale with a city the size of Minneapolis. UI Facilities Management is currently managing 149 “capital” construction, demolition and repair projects, meaning those that cost at least $100,000.

Here are just a handful of those:

Art Building Replacement Facility
The building replaces the original Art Building complex, which the Federal Emergency Management Agency deemed destroyed by the 2008 flood. The former complex was 126,000 square feet. The new building will be a bit larger to account for code requirements. The new building will be anchored by art studio spaces, many of which are currently residing in a former Menards building south of campus. The unique design will bring natural light into spaces throughout the four-plus story structure, and important feature for art studio spaces.

Richard O. Jacobson Football Operations Center
This project will construct an addition to the new football indoor practice facility that will house football operations. Included in the new facility will be coaches’ offices, team meeting/position rooms, athletic training area, strength and agility training, equipment room, locker rooms, video editing and production area, and a new entry/lobby space and gathering space. The Jacobson Football Operations Center and the Hawkeyes’ indoor practice facility combined are recognized as the Stew and LeNore Hansen Football Performance Center.

Hancher Replacement Facility
This new facility replaces the flood-damaged Hancher Auditorium at a level 7 feet above the 500-year flood level. The project will include the replacement of Hancher, including a large 1,900-seat, multi-purpose proscenium theater, front of house and back of house support spaces, rehearsal room, and administrative offices. School of Music program space, including the scene shop, costume shop, recording studio, and performing arts production offices, will also be included in the replacement building.

UI School of Music Replacement Facility (Voxman Music)
This project includes the construction of a new building for the UI School of Music at the southwest corner of the intersection of Burlington and Clinton streets, to replace the building destroyed by the 2008 flood. The building will include classrooms, teaching studios, library, faculty and administrative offices, recital spaces and the replacement of a 700-seat recital and organ hall.

Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building
This building will connect to the Carver Biomedical Research Building/Medical Education & Research Facility, completing the trio of biomedical research facilities identified in the Health Science Master Plan. This project will house generic wet laboratories with appropriate support space and core facilities that will support a new investigative model that allows interdisciplinary research teams to focus specific research problems. The facility will be nine levels with three levels below ground and six levels above the ground at the courtyard. The design team’s goal is to achieve LEED Silver status.

University of Iowa Children’s Hospital
The 14-story UI Children’s Hospital includes a major underground parking construction and will include 480,000 square feet in new construction plus 56,250 square feet of renovated existing space. The original Children’s Hospital opened in 1919. In 1954, pediatric patients were moved to what was then known as University Hospitals, with pediatric services located throughout the facility.

West Campus Residence Hall
This 501-bed residence hall is intended to address a shortage of student living space on campus. The last on-campus residence hall was built in 1968, and the student population has doubled since then. The facility will contain living/learning community and “cluster” room arrangements, typical public and support spaces, academic spaces (including one medium-sized seminar-style classroom), a study commons area, and a small food service facility. Full food service will be provided at the adjacent Hillcrest Residence Hall.

To learn more online, visit http://www.facilities.uiowa.edu/BuildingforIowa.htm.