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University of Iowa Mayflower Residence Hall Flood Recovery & Mitigation

Iowa City, IA


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Owner: University of Iowa
Architect / Engineer: Rohrbach Associates PC

Project Description:

Mayflower is The University of Iowa’s largest residence hall, with 1,024 student residents. Floodwaters in June 2008 inundated Mayflower Residence Hall, rising through the sub-basement and basement into the main level of the building.

The reconstruction project involved extensive changes to Mayflower’s entrance, lobby, The Mayflower Market (convenience store), offices, multipurpose and recreation rooms, and front desk areas. Taking advantage of the floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the Iowa River, a coffee house with terrazzo floor and an awning sheltering tables and chairs creates an ‘outdoor restaurant’ ambiance inside the building. The project also included installation of a new fire suppression system throughout the building.

Miron constructed a new floodwall system consisting of a permanent concrete floodwall and removable floodwalls to protect Mayflower Residence Hall from future floods; 13 dewatering wells and three pumping stations to control flood-related groundwater behind the floodwalls, were also part of the project.