Construction is underway on a 65,000-square-foot addition to the University of Iowa Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences.
The $37 million project, funded by a partnership between individual and corporate donors, the UI, and college research centers, is expected to be complete by the fall of 2017, with existing classrooms that have been affected by construction reopening in the fall of 2016. It will adjoin the current Seamans Center and extend the complex south, toward Burlington Street.
The new South Annex, which was approved by the Iowa Board of Regents in September 2014, answers a need for more space and state-of-the-art facilities as the College of Engineering experiences significant growth in enrollment and research. In 2015, undergraduate enrollment increased to 2,165 students—an 80 percent increase from 2005. And in fiscal year 2015, research expenditures grew to $54 million—a 62 percent increase from 2004.