IOWA CITY, Iowa — Just about everywhere you look on the University of Iowa campus, there’s a crane or a concrete skeleton of a new building on the horizon. Wendy Moorehead with UI Facilities Management called it a campus renewal, after the damage caused by the 2008 flood.
“As construction activity increased on campus, we received more and more questions from the campus and community about the timelines for the projects, how it might impact pedestrian or vehicle traffic,” said Moorehead.
To manage those questions, Facilities Management rolled out the “Building for Iowa” page last Monday, with all the details of its master plan funneled into one location. It shows project schedules and completion dates, building costs, and what to expect from new facilities. Some of the major ones include the new Hancher Auditorium and Voxman Music Building.
“On our website, we have always had information about the various projects, but not as comprehensive as what we have now,” Moorehead explained.
Moorehead said the site will receive regular updates, in real-time.
“The database is fed by our construction managers, so if completion dates or other things change, that information is automatically drawn into this website.”
As for the thousands of people walking and driving around campus, road and sidewalk closures are also listed here. Moorehead hopes that will help people save some time getting to where they need to go.
“Students can subscribe — anyone in the community — to that information. We also have information about accessibility, so if a building entrance is closed or a sidewalk is closed, we also provide information on the accessible route.”