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Looking for architect for $40 million UD campus center

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Since the University's announcement in May 2009 of its plans to take the next steps in the development of a Fine and Performing Arts, Worship, and Campus Center, an architect selection process has been underway.  The $40 million project ($30 million for construction and $10 million in endowment for programming and operations), will support academic programs in Fine and Performing Arts, create a place in which students and faculty can gather as a community, and serve as a regional cultural center, becoming the heart of University life.

"We are very grateful to Tom Osland, principal of Oslund and Associates, our campus planning group, for his careful counsel to the committee as we have reviewed the work of an outstanding group of national and international architectural firms," commented University President Jeffrey F. Bullock in a press statement.  "A project of this scope and of such importance to the future of the University requires that we select and retain architects who are attuned to their client's needs, to maximizing the value of each dollar invested, and to creating a campus icon that is, in itself, an art object.  And in the end, we look forward to a new campus facility that will serve as a teaching, learning, performing, and gathering place for the University community for decades to come."

With the guidance of Tom Oslund, and with the approval of the Board of Trustees, the University narrowed an initial pool of fifty potential architectural firms who have the experience and capacity to design a project of this scope to fifteen, and finally to five. 

Later this month and in and November, President Bullock and a small group from the architect selection committee will visit the offices of both boora and Lundgaard & Tranberg as well as tour a number of their previous projects.  Following those visits, the architect selection committee will make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees for their approval.

boora (Portland, Oregon) specializes in the design of performing arts facilities for civic and higher education clients.  Established in 1958, they have been recognized nationally not only for the quality of their work, but for the innovative ways they have supported the arts in their own community. 

Lundgaard & Tranberg (Copenhagen, Denmark) is a Danish architectural office, practicing architecture, urbanism, landscape, product, and furniture design.  Over the past 20 years, they have positioned themselves as one of Denmark's most renowned and award-winning architectural group. 

Online Reporter:  Jamei Grey


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