University of Iowa Resumes Rec, Athletics Projects

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The University of Iowa has decided to resume work on a pair of construction projects after hitting pause on the facilities due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state Board of Regents is requesting that the university resume construction on a $4 million women’s soccer complex, as well as the $6.5 million replacement of air handling units in the school’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

The women’s soccer complex will be sited along the west side of the UI soccer field. The facility will be erected at midfield and will include locker rooms, a training room, equipment storage, coach office, team room, press box, filming platform, and other support spaces. A gift of $3 million will cover most of that project, and about $900,000 will come from athletics department funds.

Both projects were pulled in April due to uncertainties related to the spread of coronavirus.

“Through mutual discussion between the board office and the universities, it was agreed that those projects would be presented to the board at a future date,” regents spokesman Josh Lehman told The Gazette in April.

The university also pulled a $22 million expansion of Hilton Coliseum, and a $2.1 million football team meeting room in the University of Northern Iowa’s UNI-Dome.

The Gazette reports that neither of those projects are back up for consideration this week.

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