Concrete Flows at Carver Site

Feb. 19, 2010

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Looking for concrete evidence of the progress of the UI Athletics Department’s multi-million dollar revitalization of award-winning Carver-Hawkeye Arena?

Well, it’s not too hard to find today because 500 yards of concrete are being poured as the floor to the new practice facility – and the ceiling to the new 11,000-square foot strength and conditioning space – is becoming reality. For the record, the floor/celing will be 16 inches thick.

“We are at about 17 percent of completion,” Damian Simcox, the department’s facilities manager reported earlier in the week during the monthly staff meeting of the more than 200 employees of the UI Athletics Department.

“It’s exciting to see it start to take shape. It’s the first of many milestones in the project,” he added during the walk from the Paul W. Brechler Press Box – site of the meeting – and Carver-Hawkeye.

Plans for each of the four new floors that are a part of the renovation project are now available online inside the official world wide web site for the project.

Fans of the Hawkeyes and friends of the University might find the latest additions to the “Schematics” area behind the “Multimedia” link of, the official world wide web site of the project, helpful as they attempt to picture in their mind what the facility will look like upon completion in the summer of 2011. Floor plans for each of the four levels of the new space being added to the Arena in addition to the renovated existing spaces is detailed there.

To visit, click HERE.

There are also new photographs of the project available online and, of course, “live” coverage of the project via the webcam.