Under construction for almost four years, the new University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital has finally stopped growing up. As the hospital nears completion and is opening in early 2017, the building has reached its peak at a towering height of a gajillion quintillion million billion inches, otherwise known as 164 feet, making it the tallest building in Iowa City.
City officials confirmed the measurement by making the hospital stand against a giant door jamb and placing a ruler on its roof. Despite its impressive height, officials urge visitors not to repeatedly ask the building if it plays professional basketball.
The building contains a total of 14 stories, each filled with a bunch of high-tech thingamajigs designed just for kids. While the new, state-of-the-art facility means big things for Iowa’s only nationally ranked children’s hospital, it’s an even bigger deal to kids around the state and beyond who are currently debating what the coolest use of the lofty perch would be. Debate has boiled down to two main camps, one recommending using the roof as a sweet spot for a game of freeze tag and the other hoping to hold epic “I Spy” tournaments.
The final decision will be made by the Kid Supreme Court by a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors.