University of Iowa Engineering Students Design Event Space at Sawmill Museum | Local News
CLINTON – Engineering students from the University of Iowa presented proposals on what an event space and amphitheater might look like at Clinton’s Sawmill Museum.
The two proposal estimates combined came to just under $ 13 million. The estimated event space was approximately $ 12.3 million and the amphitheater approximately $ 600,000.
The main purpose of the new building would be to provide the museum with a larger event center, said Cade McNeill, an engineering student at the University of Iowa. Wedding receptions and other receptions could be organized there.
The building would incorporate some of the different aspects of the Clinton area, McNeill said.
The building would include a gift shop, storage and office space, McNeill said. The second floor would include a kitchen and bedrooms for the bride and groom.
The proposal could not allocate the recommended 300 parking spaces, said Jack Marchiori, an engineering student at the University of Iowa. The students found space for only 166 parking spaces. An exception for the city would be needed to account for the lack of parking, he said.
“We would seek an exception from the city to allow undersized parking lots,” Marchiori said. “As I said, when designing the parking lots, we ran into the problem of not having enough room to reach that number.”
The students knew they couldn’t use the north lot because of the proposed amphitheater project, Marchiori said. They provided parking to the north of the proposed building and parking to the southwest of the building to maximize the number of parking cells, he said.
The parking lot west of the tracks would have 139 spaces. Students predicted this would be the most used batch, Marchiori said.
The north lot would have 19 stalls.
A parking lot that meets U.S. disability law requirements would be directly across from the main lobby entrance, Marchiori said.
The amphitheater would cost around $ 604,000. This includes over $ 316,000 for the amphitheater itself and over $ 223,000 for the stage. The proposal also included a pavilion and a staging area.