Regents discusses possible changes to UI Master Plan due to flood recovery

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 24, 2013 5:00 AM

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At the State Board of Regents meeting on Wednesday, Rod Lehnertz, the director of Planning, Design and Construction at UI Facilities Management, presented the 2013-14 Campus Master Plan which focuses more on programs than previous plans.

The Campus Master Plan is a guide for the effort to advance and develop the UI campus. This guide has been used at the University of Iowa since 1905.

The Campus Master Plan is based on six different objectives: to support the educational mission of the UI, to establish a unifying planning framework, to demonstrate the stewardship of buildings and land, to preserve and enhance the unique identity of the campus, to promote a pedestrian-oriented campus, and to enhance the quality of the visual environment.

Lehnertz said the UI Pharmacy Building is one of the highest priorities in the master plan, as the building “from a functional perspective, is obsolete”.

The Campus Master Plan also has plans in place to be updated since the flood of 2008, which greatly impacted the original 2006 plans.

Other projects that the Campus Master Plan covers includes the replacement of the Hancher Auditorium — the replacement of the School of Music building, the return of the Museum of Art collection to the UI campus, and to continue recovery and flood protection for buildings along the Iowa River.

Lehnertz also said that the Campus Master Plan focuses on green areas of the UI campus, such as the Quad Ravine, making them more sustainable, more accessible, and more a environmentally sensitive setting for students.

— by Megan Deppe

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