University

U. of N. Iowa dedicates transit center

Posted on September 13, 2010

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) recognized the completion of the new Multimodal Transportation Center (MMTC) at a public dedication ceremony  on Aug. 27.  A reception and a historical transportation display was available for viewing after the ceremony.  The display features vintage cars and photographs depicting historical methods of transportation.

The ceremony opened with a welcome address and introductions by Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration and financial services. Speakers included UNI President Ben Allen; Mokhtee Ahmad, director of region VII's Federal Transit Administration; David Miles, president of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; Jon Crews, mayor of Cedar Falls; Buck Clark, mayor of Waterloo; Mark Little, executive director of Metropolitan Transit Authority; and Jenny Nulte, UNI Northern Iowa Student Government director of governmental relations. 

The MMTC is a collaboration among UNI, the cities of Cedar Falls and Waterloo and the Metropolitan Transit Authority, designed to provide students, faculty, staff and visitors easier access to and within the campus and the surrounding communities.

The center features 587 parking spaces, an elevator, vending machines, a waiting area and restrooms in the pavilion as well as 10 lockers for bicycles. Additional improvements were made during construction to areas adjacent to the facility for added pedestrian safety.

The construction of the MMTC supports UNI's ongoing commitment to sustainable practices by reducing vehicular traffic around campus.  The solar panels installed above the facility's top deck ensure that maximum amounts of electricity can be generated through all four seasons.  The energy produced, working in conjunction with the building's geothermal heating system, supplies approximately all of the energy needs for the building, making it a net-zero building and one of Iowa's first.

One of the final construction projects was the installation of "City Mouse," a 2,500-pound stainless steel sculpture designed and constructed by Chicago native Andrew Arvanetes.  The sculpture was created at UNI in 2002 while Arvanetes was an artist in residence.  Since that time, "City Mouse" has been included in numerous exhibitions, including venues in Chicago, Florida, Texas, Iowa and Colorado. 

The installation of the sculpture is part of the Iowa Art in State Buildings Program, which ensures that fine arts projects are included in state building construction projects.

 

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Texas A&M studies AI to improve transport for riders with mobility challenges

The effort examined how to integrate IBM Watson’s natural language interface with the Texas A&M Engineering Program’s autonomous shuttle.

UC San Diego to test driverless vehicles on campus

The study, which begins in January, will consist of testing the vehicle technology to deliver mail around campus.

Tempe, ASU partner to deliver new transportation options

Some of the 11 ideas proposed include a highline walkway and a monorail system running over campus.

Duke, Durham DOT team to improve bicyclist, traffic safety

The team created an interactive website and app that helps users see how different factors like time of day, weather, and road conditions affect accident risk.

KCATA adds school to U-Pass program

The U-Pass gives students an easy way to make connections around the region without the expense of buying a bus pass. RideKC offers more than 90 routes throughout the Kansas City region.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close