Public input on the future of the Iowa State Center courtyard area will be essential in the development of a site master plan. Facilities planning and management will hold its first open meeting June 18 (4:30 p.m., 004 Scheman Building) to give key stakeholders and the public an opportunity to share their visions for the space.
A $2.55 million project budget was approved by the Iowa Board of Regents at its June 6 meeting. The project will address the Iowa State Center's deteriorating elevated walkways, enhance the courtyard and green space areas, and improve accessible parking on the west side as part of a long-term master plan.
"This is an opportunity to enhance the outdoor courtyard spaces and accommodate future guest services and activities at the center," said Cathy Brown, FPM assistant director for campus physical planning. "We're really excited to create a vision for a wonderful space."
Options for the elevated walkways include partial demolition and repairs and handrail replacements that comply with current safety codes. Updated -- and more efficient -- walkway lighting also will be included.
FPM will hire a professional firm to lead the development of a site master plan. Public input will be encouraged throughout the process, including help in identifying ideas and options for future events and activities in the space. Landscaping, pedestrian and vehicular access, and special elements (such as artwork) will be part of the plan.
The project will be funded by facilities building use charge reserves.