The University of Iowa Informatics Initiative (UI3) space incorporates various types of environments to foster collaboration between researchers, graduate students, and staff from various disciplines across campus. To help form and define the vision for this new, dynamic environment, BNIM facilitated a series of meetings between the UI3 core team and multidisciplinary committee members, cluster faculty, and graduate students. Because the project is rich is innovative collaborative technologies, significant collaboration has occurred between the design team, users, and UI Information Technology Services. The new space is being realized on the fifth floor of the existing College of Public Health Building on campus.
Some of the latest technologies that are being incorporated into the design of this space includes wall monitors, writeable wall surfaces, and digital touch walls. The space is intentionally flexible, with operable walls in the collaboration and service rooms to allow for larger interactions.