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UNI to host hard-hat tours of Sabin Hall


Steve Pavelec, owner construction representative, facilities planning, 319-273-6165,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- As the renovation of Sabin Hall nears completion, the University of Northern Iowa will host a tour of the building at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 15.

The building has been closed for renovation since Dec. 2008 when staff moved out after classes ended. Demolition and construction began in late May 2009. The process is now in its final stage, with occupancy scheduled for Jan. 2011 in conjunction with the start of the spring semester at UNI.

Sabin Hall, originally named the Training School, was the precursor facility to the Malcolm Price Lab School and was constructed in 1912. This renovation updated classrooms, labs and offices; replaced the building mechanical, electrical and communications systems and infrastructure; improved building circulation; and addressed building code and accessibility issues while embracing principles of sustainable design and construction. The renovation also respected the historical character of the building. The work was done by Brooks Bork Skiles Architecture Engineering LLP, Des Moines. This company is a successor of Proudfoot, Bird and Rawson, the designers of the original building.

Additionally, the building will now be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This third-party verification standard ensures that new construction and major renovation projects will be designed and constructed to be energy and resource efficient.

UNI staff leading the tour include Steve Pavelec, construction representative for UNI; Glen Swanson, AIA, LEED AP, project manager; and Phil Mauceri, dean, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. Representatives from Brooks Bork Skiles Architecture Engineering LLP, Des Moines, will include Steve Stimmel, AIA, LEED AP, principal; Art Reese, construction administrator; and Holly Elbert, P.E., LEED AP project mechanical and plumbing engineer.

Attendees are strongly encouraged, but not required, to RSVP to Liz Conklin at