University of Iowa – Stanley Museum of Art

Iowa City, IA


Electrical Construction
Structured Cabling



The Stanley Museum of Art is the final structure rebuilt on the UI campus in the aftermath of the 2008 flood. The beautiful, 66,000 sq.ft., three-story structure featuring 16,500 sq.ft. of gallery space will host exhibitions from the museum’s collection as well as traveling exhibits, and will provide space for study, research, and storage of artwork. A few fun facts about the new facility:

  • The building’s loading dock and freight elevator (with a 21’x10’ interior cab) is designed for paintings to be moved in and out of the building. The elevator was specifically designed around the famous painting called “Mural” by Jackson Pollack. “Mural” has been appraised at $140 Million!!
  • Elaborate brick design patterns – each brick is accounted for and shown where it should be placed in the architectural drawings.
  • Building is designed to accommodate flooding of the nearby Iowa River – the first floor is 7’ above grade with a parking garage below.
  • 400 sq.ft lightwell in the middle of the building that extends 3 stories, bringing indirect natural light into the building.
  • Two (2) third floor outdoor terraces, providing views of the surrounding areas.
  • Intricate exterior finish which includes custom hand-made bricks along with beautiful accent lighting to show off them off, Low-E triple pane glass and perforated metal panels.

Tri-City Electric Co. worked closely with the owners and the construction team to provide a 3D modeled building system. The team facilitated the project schedule defining the design, procurement, and construction, along with a detailed execution plan.