University of Iowa

Iowa City,

Student Recreation And Athletics Feasibility Analysis And Feasibility Analysis Update

In 1998 the University of Iowa commissioned B&D to perform a recreation and athletic facility study as part of its commitment to excellence. Our scope of work on this project included: a comparison of the university’s facilities with those of peer institutions; an analysis of the facilities’ user market; interviews, surveys, and focus groups to gain quantitative and qualitative data; and the development of a demand-based programming model to determine space requirements and utilization schedules. The resulting document was used to guide new construction, renovation, and the adaptive reuse of a number of campus facilities, and our phasing strategies minimized disruption to existing activities. In 2003 the university contacted us again, this time to bring our original study up to date. Through this effort we uncovered several sites not previously considered. Ultimately, in 2006 the $12 million Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex opened, and in that same year the university moved forward with a 215,000 SF, $69.2 million recreation and wellness center that opened in 2010 and received an Innovative Architecture & Design Award from Recreation Management magazine and a Facility of Merit Award from Athletic Business magazine.

NEW CENTER TO IMPROVE LIFE AQUATIC

When Iowa students leave the south entrance of the Main Library and stroll through Gibson Square during the fall of 2009, they will no longer be faced with an uninspiring complex of parking lots and mundane structures.

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SURVEY: STUDENTS WANT REC FACILITY

University of Iowa students gave the school a green light to increase fees for campus recreational facilities, survey results showed Tuesday.

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STUDENTS WOULD PAY FOR REC BLDG.

Students are going to have to ante up in order for a new recreation center to be built at the UI.

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FIRM COMPILING VIEWS ON NEW UI REC CENTER

Project planners involved in the design of a new recreation center will begin the arduous task today of wading through approximately 2,000 student responses to an e-mail survey that could help determine the center’s look and feel.

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