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UNI west-campus expansion project presented to Board of Regents

April 9, 2003

Bill Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement, (319) 273-6078
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

200-dpi jpeg images of the architect's drawings of the McLeod Center/HPC are available online at

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Today the University of Northern Iowa presented to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, its plans for a west-campus expansion project that will include construction of the McLeodUSA Center and the Human Performance Center (HPC). The board will consider the plans and make its recommendations at a later meeting.

Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck, a Des Moines architectural firm, will design both buildings. In 2001, this nationally known firm received the American Institute of Architect's 2001 Architecture Firm Award, the institute's highest honor for design practice. Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck also designed UNI's Rod Library fourth-floor addition, completed in 1995; and Residence on the Hill, completed in 1994. They will partner with Crawford Architects of Kansas City for this latest UNI project.

The McLeodUSA Center will be the home of Panther basketball and volleyball, with seating for about 6,100 and a total capacity of 7,000. The building will require $18 million in private funds. Bill Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement, said more than $15 million for the project has already been raised and that, if fund-raising progresses well, groundbreaking could take place this fall.

The HPC is a collaboration between the university and the local medical community. It will include space for instructional and outreach programs for the UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Service. It also will provide facilities for programs in athletic training, offer enhanced medical services in the areas of orthopedic rehabilitation and sports injuries, and provide additional weight training space for student athletes.

The construction cost of the $7 million building will be partially funded by a $1.8 million federal appropriation through the Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration. Fundraising by the UNI Foundation and support from the medical community will cover the rest of the building's cost.

Construction of both buildings is part of the $100 million 'Students First' campaign to support scholarships, academic program support and facilities. Other capital projects include McElroy Hall in Waterloo, which houses the Freeburg Early Childhood Program; renovation of Russell Hall; and equipment for McCollum Science Hall and Lang Hall.