Many of UI’s buildings add to the flavor of the community. Each building on campus has something unique about its design relating back to the state of Iowa, such as the Boyd Law Building, which looks like a corn silo, or walkways that look like giant ears of corn. Most of the buildings on campus offer more than just classroom space—many of the facilities include a lounge and/or a small cafeteria. One of the best features on campus is the Pentacrest, which contains four different education and administrative buildings, and houses the old capitol building from back when the state capitol used to reside in Iowa City. In a freak accident during renovations some years ago, the gold dome of the building caught on fire, but has since been restored. Students enjoy the old capitol not only for its history, but because it’s a quiet place to study.
UI has a bad habit with its facilities, and this is starting to catch up with them. For example, the University will build a state-of-the-art facility, and over time, as renovations are needed, it will ignore them until the last possible moment. Then, it will knock down the old building and replace it with something new and state-of-the-art, which has become a problem in recent years because of significant budget cuts. The quality of the facilities largely depends on what your major is and where most of your classes are located. Although UI will claim “tradition” in many of its buildings, the reality is that they’re old and need to be improved.