The College of Iowa is trying to renovate Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) and shut the Iowa Home Resort.
First opening the IMU in 1925, the college expects the renovation will price $81.1 million and is considerably cheaper than changing the prevailing constructing. The present constructing has a deferred upkeep of $55 million and establishing a brand new constructing may price as much as $245 million in whole, the college decided.
The brand new-look IMU will embody a well-being and psychological well being heart that may supply medical well being companies, psychological well being counseling, wellness packages, a meals pantry and case administration companies. There may also be assembly areas, ballrooms and multipurpose rooms can be up to date or added, in accordance with the College of Iowa Workplace of Strategic Communications.
Iowa Home Resort will shut in late 2023 or early 2024 and transformed into pupil counseling areas.
“Bringing so lots of the well-being and psychological well being companies for college students into one place will permit them to handle a number of sides of their bodily and psychological well being wants without delay,” mentioned Sarah Hansen, vice chairman for pupil life, in a press release. “Co-locating such companies within the heart of campus makes them extra accessible and ensures our college students have the help they should excel of their Iowa expertise.”
Funding for the mission, which is a part of the college’s 10-year amenities grasp plan, can be coated primarily by a brand new pupil payment of $100 to $120 per semester. The brand new payment was proposed and supported by on-campus pupil governmental our bodies and can take impact in regards to the time that development begins.
Iowa Board of Regents gave permission to the college to renovate the IMU throughout its January 2022 assembly, along with modernizing MacLean, Jessup and Macbride Corridor, revamping a portion of Hardin Library and eradicating Halsey Corridor.