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Some University of Iowa projects could be halted

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - The University of Iowa is leaving more than 100 teaching positions unfilled, and figuring out how to reduce its budget by $11 million.

While the school is doing this, the athletic department is moving ahead with several projects, including a $47 million renovation of Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

On Wednesday, the Iowa Board of Regents will decide whether to delay that project, even though most of its funding comes from private donations. We spoke with Board of Regents member Bob Downer on Tuesday. He says supporters of the Carver-Hawkeye Arena project can rest easy, because it seems that at this point, it won't likely be stopped.

Downer says technically, the board could decide to stop the renovation project in its tracks, even though it relies on money outside of the university's general fund. But he says the project is close to the contracting phase, and bids were received late last week.

"Everyone was very happy with the amount of those bids, they were very competitive, and they got a large number of bidders," Downer said. "It's felt that it's unlikely that those kinds of bids might be received in the future."

The expansion would include a new practice complex, conditioning center, and locker room. Fans would get additional rest rooms, an elevator, and more concourse space for concessions.

As for other self-supporting projects relying on donations, such as residence halls and hospital facilities, Downer says some could still be delayed or even cancelled.

A couple of projects are potentially on the chopping block, including a new medical research building for the College of Medicine. Downer says the board has also been reviewing plans for a new power plant, which is still in its early phases. We hope to know more details after the regents have their discussion Wednesday.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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