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December 09, 2004
University to Build a Teaching and Administrative Center

President Jeffrey F. Bullock announced today a gift of $8 million from Charles and Romona Myers. The gift will be used for the construction of a Teaching and Administrative Center - a 40,000 square foot facility. Construction is scheduled to begin in June 2005, with an expected completion date of July 2006.

"We have been truly blessed by the generosity of Charles and Romona Myers," stated President Bullock. "The Charles C. Myers Library continues to receive appreciative reviews from everyone who enters its doors. Made possible through a magnificent gift from Charlie and his spouse, Romona, the Myers Library is not only a library, but a teaching center, a technology center, a work of art, and within Sylvia's Common Ground - our coffee shop - an important social center on the campus."

"Just five years ago, their vision and investment in the University at a critical point in our history made possible the construction of the Myers Library," continued Bullock. "The considerable growth that we have experienced during the last half dozen years has created a significant need for faculty and administrative offices, high-tech classrooms, and meeting areas. The Center will move us a considerable distance toward addressing many of our current needs for additional space. We are grateful to the Myers for such a generous additional gift, and their continuing support of the University's Mission."

The Center is to be located on the Southeast corner of the Grace/Bennett Street block. The exterior of the three-story building will be reminiscent of Steffans Hall - the University's Old Main building, that anchored the University's North Campus in 1906, and that was razed in the early 1980s. Architectural elements that are employed across the entire campus - brick and precast stone construction, steeply gabled, red tile roofs, connecting arches, and circular window configurations - will be reflected in this new construction. Inside, a semi-circular staircase that was a central element of Steffens Hall, and Grand Hall with a vaulted ceiling reaching 35 feet will be two of the focal points of the building. Designed to be light, airy, and conducive to teaching and learning, the building will house classrooms, group study rooms, informal study nooks, a 100-seat lecture hall, a reception/meeting room, as well as administrative and faculty offices. The President's Office, as well as the Wendt Center for Character Development will be located in the building.

The project is a collaborative effort of Straka Johnson Architects P.C. (Dubuque, IA), WHKS & Co. (Dubuque, IA), Oslund & Associates (Minneapolis, MN), and Conlon Construction Co. (Dubuque, IA).