The University of Iowa

P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Boathouse


Honoree: P. Sue Beckwith, M.D.
(photo courtesy of UI Healthcare) 


  • Sue Beckwith, M.D. is a renowned surgeon who made a $1 million leadership gift to the University of Iowa Foundation to support the campaign to build the boathouse
  • Beckwith earned two degrees from the University of Iowa (1980 B.A., 1984 M.D.)
  • Former University of Iowa Hawkeye women’s basketball letter-winner
  • Beckwith has endowed athletic scholarships for Hawkeye rowers and women’s basketball players
  • Held several positions over the years including President of the American College of Surgeons Iowa Chapter; Governor representing the Iowa Board of Governors American College of Surgeons; Examiner of the Board of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgeons; and Vice President of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
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Beckwith Boathouse


Description of facility:

The P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Boathouse is home to the UI rowing team -- the largest Hawkeye women's team -- and is located on the bank of the Iowa River near the Mayflower Residence Hall. It is the first UI building named solely for a woman benefactor. The boathouse, designed to withstand flooding, features a large ergonomics room that houses the UI rowing team's rowing machines, four large boat bays, a state-of-the-art rowing tank that features moving water at various training speeds, locker room and medical-training spaces, and a terrace and community room that can be used by university and community groups. In addition to the UI rowing team, the building houses the UI men's club rowing team and the Old Capitol Rowing Club, a community-based rowing organization administered by UI Recreational Services. The 20,000-square-foot P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Boathouse is the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified building on the University of Iowa campus, a designation reserved for energy-efficient buildings. It features an efficient geothermal heat pump system and daylight harvesting, and was built with significant use of local and recycled materials.
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Address: 1201 North Dubuque Street
Year built: 2009
Additional building information: P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Boathouse

Aerial View of Building