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September 28, 2001

Regents OK building names

by Anne Krapfl
Four Iowa State buildings received new names during the Sept. 13 meeting of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, in Iowa City. The regents approved names for these new or planned facilities:
  • Gerdin Business Building (College of Business), named for Russell and Ann Gerdin, Coralville (see story).
  • Gary and Donna Hoover Hall (phase 2 of the Engineering Teaching and Research Complex), named for the Hoovers, Rio Verde, Ariz.
  • Roy J. Carver Co-Laboratory (Plant Sciences Institute), named for the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, Muscatine. Groundbreaking is scheduled for Oct. 20.
  • Thomas B. Thielen Student Health Center, named for Iowa State's vice president for student affairs from 1977 to 1997 (see story).
The regents also received a staff report and heard presentations from students on proposed tuition and fee increases for the 2002-03 academic year. October usually is when the regents set those rates for the following year.

In other business, the regents approved an initial design and budget ($2 million) for a new childcare center in the north part of campus, to replace facilities in Pammel Court. The proposal is to renovate and make several additions to 100 University Village, which currently serves as an administration/maintenance building for the student apartment neighbor-hood. (These services will be relocated.)

The new facility would house child care for up to 88 children in six age-specific rooms, offices for ISU's child care coordinator and the Child Care Resources program, and the Comfort Zone, a separate service for sick children. Construction is scheduled to begin in February 2002 and conclude in December 2002.

The regents also approved a regents-wide capital improvements list for FY 2003. ISU projects are Nos. 2, 5 and 8 on that list: $14.3 mil-lion to upgrade undergraduate class-rooms and auditoriums; $1 million to begin planning a partial demolition and new addition to Coover Hall and renovate the rest of the building; and $5.1 million for new and remodeled facilities at four swine or cattle research centers around the state.

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