On this page, you'll find descriptions of individual projects and overviews of the communities with which we've partnered.

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Church Row Neighborhood: Sustainable and Equitable Transportation

Combined with the effort to create the Church Row neighborhood plan, a course in the School of Planning & Public Affairs assessed the walkability and accessibility of the Church Row neighborhood, particularly focusing issues of equity that include safety, access to employment and basic needs services, public transportation, parks and open space, and more.

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Beacon City Hall design

City of Beacon City Hall Design

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students designed a new city hall building for the City of Beacon, and provided recommendations for teardown and disposal of the existing building, including ways to divert materials from the landfill. 

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Columbus Junction

Columbus Junction Community Storytelling Project, Part 1

Students from the School of Urban & Regional Planning course Community Development in the Upper Midwest worked with Latinx teens in Columbus Junction's Upward Bound program to produce videos and books that help tell the 150 year story of the community through interviews and historical artifacts.

Graduate and advanced undergraduates in urban planning, the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts examined the many challenges facing small- to medium-sized towns in Iowa and elsewhere in the Upper Midwest and work towards community-based solutions.

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Columbus Junction Community Storytelling Project, Part 2

Students from the School of Urban & Regional Planning course Community Development in the Upper Midwest interviewed several Chin Burmese residents of Columbus Junction to produce a short film about their sense of home in their new community.

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Columbus Junction Sesquicentennial: Strategic Communication Plan

Students in the Course Advanced Strategic Communications developed communication strategies and defined key goals for the celebration of Columbus Junction's sesquicentennial.

In 2024, Columbus Junction will commemorate 150 years as a community.  By getting an early start on planning with the students at the University of Iowa, Mallory Smith, Columbus Junction Community Development Director, is hoping to use the sesquicentennial event as an opportunity to celebrate the ever-changing Columbus Junction community and promote city improvement projects.

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Community Blight to Community Benefit: Revitalizing Eastern Iowa through a Land Bank

Clinic law students, who are second or third year students at the University of Iowa College of Law participating in the Community Empowerment Law Project (CELP), explored strategies, through a legal lens, to decrease blighted properties and increase affordable housing in Eastern Iowa.  In particular, they examined whether a Land Bank might be a feasible strategy in Iowa. 

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Community Branding

Marketing Institute students worked with the Washington Chamber of Commerce to rebrand the community as an attractive destination.

Students created a contemporary Activities Guide that provides information on community events, where to eat and visit, and recreational opportunities. Students also helped create a brand identity for Washington, creating a tag line for the community, “Discover a Classic,” and a Brand Standards Guide for the Chamber of Commerce to use when creating new materials.

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Radon Campaign

Community Radon Campaign

Students in the College of Public Health worked in three groups that targeted different sectors of the Iowa population: the aging population, parents of elementary-aged children, and homeowners in Iowa City to look at the levels of radon in these sectors. Each group researched best methods to reach their audience and developed recommendations for the City and Department of Public Health to implement.

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