Level 12: Rooftop
200 Hawkins Drive Iowa City, IA 52242 United States
Level 12, the top floor of our hospital, is known as the Rooftop. The highest occupiable point in Johnson County, the Rooftop offers a unique perspective of Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, and the surrounding area.
Level 12 Amenities
Besides being a place for exploration and discovery, the rooftop will offer many amenities:
The Rooftop was designed as a calm oasis—a place where patients, families, visitors, and employees can unwind and reflect. Comfortable furniture, colorful carpeting, and well-tended gardens will work together to create a soothing atmosphere away from patient floors. Plentiful natural light fills the hallway and other spaces. Patterns in the carpet mimic the designs in the terrazzo floor on Level 1.
Level 12’s Meditation Room offers a place for family members to think, pray, and reflect. Open 24 hours a day, this peaceful space will support the spiritual needs of people of all faiths. Families also will be able to use the Meditation Room near Elevator B in University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.
“Lift Your Spirits,” is a piece of art located at the back of the Meditation Room. Painted on layers of glass, this piece is also visible from the hallway. It measures 8 feet wide and more than 8 feet tall. Designed by artist Bebe Keith of Lanesboro, Minnesota, the piece will depict paintings of birch trees against a vivid blue sky.
Two healing gardens bring nature to the Rooftop, a design element patients and families emphasized as we partnered with them in the original design for the hospital. The North Healing Garden is surrounded on three sides by a seating alcove and two adjacent conference rooms. Visitors to the Rooftop can stroll through the tranquil Winegard Family Outdoor Healing Garden and sit outside when the weather is inviting. Evidence suggests that the soothing sight of plants and other natural elements can help reduce stress during a difficult time.
Indoor seating alcoves for both gardens features furniture suitable for children and adults. People of all ages can enjoy the high-backed “egg” chairs, which give a feeling of privacy to those who sit in them. The chair’s name comes from its curved lines and the way it seems to shelter those who sit in it. In the center of the alcoves is Beach Stones children’s furniture. This whimsical furniture is as fun to use as it is to look at.
In the hallway on Level 12, families will discover more artwork created by Keith. “Kaleidoscopes” consists of 22 pieces of art—all hexagons in various sizes. The pieces are aptly named. These stained glass mosaics resemble the intricate patterns people see when looking through a kaleidoscope.
The Vista Room will be located at the northwest corner of the Rooftop. Open to the public during normal business hours, it is a great space from which to take in views of the Iowa City/Coralville area.
The spacious Press Box is located at the Rooftop’s west end. The Press Box will be a special place reserved for pediatric patients and their families to enjoy activities planned and hosted by our child life team. For example, on football game days, selected patients and their families may experience the excitement of Hawkeye football festivities without leaving the hospital. The action on the field, the marching band, and the cheering crowd is all in plain view through the Press Box’s large windows.
When the Hawkeyes aren’t playing at home, the Press Box is used for other special programmable events, such as holiday and birthday celebrations that help create special memories for children and their families. The adjacent Iowa Touchdowns for Kids Press Box Café not only help support Press Box events, but also will host scheduled patient activities, such as cookie baking or cooking classes for children with our hospital’s chef.