FAYETTE, Iowa, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- At a time when many universities and organizations have postponed their construction projects temporarily or indefinitely, one university has gone full steam ahead completing its first phase of a $75 million construction project, the largest capital improvement project in the University's history.
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Upper Iowa University (www.uiu.edu/future) has completed the construction of an $8.6 million Liberal Arts Building and $7.3 million South Village I suite-style residence hall on its Fayette campus, both designed to strengthen campus life by providing state-of-the-art technology, eco-friendly features and student-approved furniture and decor. Both buildings opened for students returning to campus this semester.
"When times are challenging, many organizations don't have the courage to take a leap of faith," said UIU President Alan G. Walker, during an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. "But, the UIU Board of Trustees showed that courage when they approved this capital improvement program when most other colleges and universities were struggling with the recession."
"Our ability to invest in improving our University is a direct result of our educational delivery model," Walker added. "Although we are rooted in our historic Fayette campus and rich heritage, we have grown to truly become a global University. The strength of our campus here will benefit the entire breadth of UIU, its 17 educational centers in the United States, three locations overseas, and the thousands of UIU students who take classes online and through independent study around the world."
The first phase of the construction project continues on the Fayette campus, where a new student center and new building in downtown Fayette -- housing a restaurant, coffee shop, lounge, and retail shop -- are expected to open this winter. The next phase of the project includes a science building, additional residence halls, and a technology center, which is expected to continue over the next five years.
Faculty and students have applauded the University for incorporating their input into the new buildings, which support UIU's 10-year strategic goals -- being environmentally sensitive, incorporating the latest in higher education technology to enhance instruction and learning, and having flexible classroom spaces to support its anticipated future growth.
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SOURCE Synaptic Digital; Upper Iowa University