Iowa hydraulics lab named National Historic Landmark

Constructed in 1919, the Stanley Hydraulics laboratory is the oldest university-based hydraulics laboratory in the U.S. continuously focused on research and education in hydraulic engineering. In the '30s it was instrumental in planning the current nine-foot navigation channel of the Upper Mississippi River, with its locks and dams. It was recently named a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by ASCE...

MUSCATINE, IA, June 16, 2005 -- The C. Maxwell Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory on the University of Iowa campus has been named a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

The ASCE award -- the 196th presented nationally and the second given in Iowa -- is presented to unique landmarks that represent a significant facet of civil engineering history and that have contributed to the development of the nation. Constructed in 1919, the facility is the oldest university-based hydraulics laboratory in the U.S. that continuously has focused on research and education in hydraulic engineering.

The laboratory houses IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, one of the world's premier and oldest fluids research and engineering laboratories. The facility is named for C. Maxwell Stanley, a UI and IIHR graduate, and founder of Stanley Consultants.

IIHR research activities have a national and international impact. Its hydraulic modeling efforts in the '30s were instrumental in planning the current nine-foot navigation channel of the Upper Mississippi River, with its locks and dams. Today's combination of applied and theoretical research nurtures a great diversity of projects, ranging from laboratory, field and numerical studies of specific hydraulic structures to multimillion-dollar investigations aimed at river restoration; basin-scale hydrology and atmospheric sciences; and fundamental fluid mechanics.

Richard Stanley, son of Max and Betty Stanley, Chair of Stanley Consultants, and also a UI College of Engineering graduate, expressed great appreciation for the award. "For many decades, this hydraulics laboratory has been a widely recognized symbol of the creative and precedent-setting work of IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering. ASCE's designation of it as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark is most fitting."

Stanley Consultants (www.stanleyconsultants.com), a Stanley Group Company headquartered in Muscatine, Iowa, provides engineering, environmental, and construction services worldwide. Offices are located in Austin, Texas; Boise, Idaho; Chicago, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; Des Moines and Iowa City, Iowa; Las Vegas, Nevada; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Naples and West Palm Beach, Florida.; Phoenix, Arizona; Salt Lake City, Utah and San Juan, Puerto Rico, as well as select international locations. Since 1913, The Stanley Group has successfully completed more than 21,000 engagements in all 50 states, U.S. territories, and in 93 countries.

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