Clinton

In 2022-23, IISC has a full partnership with Clinton. University of Iowa classes will work on more than 20 projects, including histories and profiles of noted Clintonians, past and present; a housing needs assessment; a masterplan for use of a current undeveloped swath of land; and more. The city presented IISC with a rich array of potential projects and has strong leadership to help guide the process. IISC first collaborated with Clinton through the regional partnership with East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA). 

The projects span different departments and colleges. During the summer, UI School of Art and Art History visiting faculty Ali Hval completed a mural called "Keeping You Sewing." All year, a group of students from the School of Planning and Public Affairs are creating a development plan for Clinton's "Liberty Square," a vacant, grassy plat of land between Liberty and Camanche avenues. Students in Tippie's Marketing program are developing new branding materials for the city. Throughout the year, graduate students from the School of Library and Information Science will help to tell the story of Clinton's important role in the Underground Railroad. 

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Projects

Vinnie's Lounge

Clinton- Downtown Building Renovation (Vinnie's)

As part of the Senior Design Capstone Course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students completed an evaluation and redesign of the building that formerly housed Vinnie's Lounge in Clinton, Iowa. 

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Downtown Clinton Parking

Clinton- Downtown Parking Lots Redesign

As part of the Senior Design Capstone Course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students will complete an evaluation and redesign of four parking lots in downtown Clinton, Iowa. 

The parking capacity needs to be evaluated through conversations with neighboring property owners and based on demand, in addition to exploring options for resizing the lots if necessary. Drainage, lighting, surface, plantings, and entrances/exits need to be reevaluated and redesigned to correct for inadequacies and meet professional standards. 

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YMCA design rendering

Clinton- Former YMCA Building and Site Redesign

As part of the Senior Design Capstone Course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students redesigned the old YMCA complex in Clinton, Iowa, including rehabilitation of the historic YMCA structure, demolition plans for an adjacent deteriorating structure, and designs for a new restaurant and entertainment venue.  

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Amphitheater Rendering

Clinton Sawmill Museum Amphitheater Engineering & Design

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students created designs for an outdoor Amphitheater in Clinton, Iowa.

The Sawmill Museum in Clinton Iowa has requested a design proposal for an outdoor amphitheater with an accompanying stage and pavilion. The four blocks to the north and northwest of the museum are available for construction of the project. Additionally, a second UI engineering project team has designed an Event Center on the Museum's property. 

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Clinton Sawmill Museum Event Center Engineering & Design

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students created designs for an Event Center in Clinton, Iowa.

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Clinton Building site visit

Clinton - Downtown Commercial Building Rehabilitation (239 5th Ave South)

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students created designs for refurbishing and connecting upper stories for three commercial structures in downtown Clinton. 

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Volckman Building

Clinton - Downtown Commercial Building Rehabilitation (241-247 5th Ave South)

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students created designs for refurbishing a commercial structure in downtown Clinton. 

Clinton representatives requested the evaluation and refurbishing plan for a century old building back to house viable commercial enterprises. The scope of work included third floor renovations, addition of a passenger elevator, fire protection, and façade restoration.

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Clinton Jacobsen Building site visit

Clinton - Jacobsen Buildings Structural Redesign

As part of the Senior Design Capstone Course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students created a design concept and engineering report for the functional reuse of upper-story space in the Jacobson building, a prominent and historic landmark in downtown Clinton.

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Clinton Lumberkings visit

Clinton LumberKings / Downtown Clinton Alliance Strategic Partnership Plan

Students in the Department of Health and Human Physiology's Sports and Recreation Management Program recommended strategies to enhance the partnership between the Clinton LumberKings minor league baseball organization and the Downtown Clinton Alliance. 

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Clinton Downtown Mural

MFA student Ali Hval designed and painted a mural in downtown Clinton, Iowa, assisted by fellow MFA student Marina Ross.

Artist Ali Hval was selected by the Office of Outreach & Engagement to design and install a mural for an exterior wall located in downtown Clinton.  She recruited fellow artist and MFA student Marina Ross to provide assistance. The project was made possible by a collaboration between two university outreach and engagement programs, Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) and Arts Share. 

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Clinton Economic Development Plan

As part of their capstone project, second-year graduate students from the School of Urban & Regional Planning created an economic development plan for the City of Clinton and surrounding micropolitan area.

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Activating Downtown Alleyways

Downtown alleyways often serve important functions, such as waste management or service entrances for businesses.  However, communities are increasingly recognizing alleyways as opportunities to create unique public spaces.  Alleyways offer pathways to pedestrians, increasing connectivity and walkability along interesting and quieter routes.   Improving alleyways can mean stormwater management to reduce flash flooding, greenery and plantings that offer environmental and aesthetic benefits, new commercial and entrepreneurial opportunities, and spaces for arts and culture.

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Clinton Housing Needs Assessment / Housing Policy and Strategy

The City of Clinton seeks to update its Housing Needs Assessment, which was last completed in 2016.  A Housing Needs Assessment is a tool to help decision-makers ensure that existing and future residents can find safe, secure, and quality housing that meets their needs and budgets.  The assessment evaluates both housing needs and housing availability, typically determining the number and types of new units needed to accommodate needs, as well as other factors like vacancy, housing quality, rental needs, and more.  Housing Needs Assessments are useful to housing

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Greening Downtown Spaces

Students in the course Public Policy and Persuasion will explore case studies and best management practices, as well as existing conditions in Clinton, to develop policy, programming, and infrastructure recommendations for "greening" the downtown district.  Green practices can produce many positive outcomes, such as stormwater management, waste management, beautification, creating vibrant spaces for visitors to enjoy, and spurring economic activity.

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Grow Clinton Regional Marketing Strategy

Grow Clinton was established following the March 31, 2022 merger of the Clinton Regional Development Corporation (CRDC) and the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce (CACC). The mission of Grow Clinton is to promote business growth, build community, and advocate for the sustainable economic success of the Greater Clinton, IA region.

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Homelessness Policy Recommendations

Homelessness is an issue in communities across the country. Due to poverty, mental illness challenges, lack of affordable housing, and other factors, homelessness is becoming more prevalent in contemporary society.  Students in the course Public Policy and Persuasion will develop policy briefings for Clinton community partners, with the broad goal of helping to ensure safe, sanitary, and secure housing options for residents. 

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Keeping You Sewing Mural

Sean Tyler, a graduate student in the School of Art & Art History, collaborated with downtown Clinton officials and business owner Kim Rentz to design a mural that captures the character of both a downtown anchor business, Keeping You Sewing, and elements of Clinton's history and surroundings.  The "quilted" landscape, flowing away from the realistic sewing machine, showcase native Iowa flowers, the river connection, and Clinton's agricultural heritage. The mural was installed in August 2022.

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Local Foods Policy and Programming

For their capstone project, Public Affairs graduate students from the School of Planning and Public Affairs will evaluate local food efforts and opportunities in the Clinton area, particularly as they relate to food insecurity and health and wellness.  Local food strategies often include "farm to table" programming, expanding markets for producers, community gardens, and more.  

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Local Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic

Public Affairs graduate students from the School of Planning and Public Affairs will work with the Clinton Police Department and other service providers to identify new local, proactive strategies for addressing opioid addiction and abuse in the community.  A focus of the project will include tracking how recent funds garnered by the State of Iowa from settlements with pharmaceuticals companies can be deployed in Clinton.  

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Master Plan for Clinton’s Liberty Square District

The City of Clinton seeks to revisit planning and strategies for use and development of the Liberty Square District, a section of mostly undeveloped land that runs between and adjacent to the split four lanes of Highway 30. 

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