College groundbreakings: Iowa State, U of North Texas, U of Cincinnati

New collegiate housing community, College of Visual Arts & Design and health sciences building
By: | Issue: May, 2017
April 19, 2017

Collegiate Housing Community

Iowa State University

Iowa State is partnering with EdR and River Caddis Development (Memphis) to add 320,000 square feet of student residential and mixed-use retail space to the southwest corner of campus.

The new six-story, $52 million facility will feature 157 apartments, varying from studios to four-bedrooms units, as well as study rooms, a club room, a fitness center and a pool. Retail shops and a 20-room hotel will be located on the ground level.

Opus Design Build LLC (Des Moines) is the design-builder while Opus AE Group LLC (Des Moines) serves as the architect and structural engineer. Completion is slated for August 2018.

College of Visual Arts & Design

University of North Texas

A four-story, 128,354-square-foot addition to campus will house the College of Visual Arts & Design.

In addition to extra classrooms, the new facility adds lecture halls, 3D graphics and visualization labs, study areas, seminar rooms, multimedia-equipped rooms, art galleries, student studios, administrative offices, meeting spaces, and informal work areas.

The high-performance, energy-efficient facility will target LEED Silver certification. Corgan (Dallas) and Machado-Silvetti (Boston) have partnered on design, while AECOM Hunt (Dallas) is handling construction. The $70 million project has a fall 2018 completion target.

Health Sciences Building

University of Cincinnati

The institution’s College of Allied Health Sciences is getting a new $61 million facility, the most recent phase of a $480 million Medical Campus Master Plan. The four-story, 117,000-square-foot building will include 56 classrooms, plus laboratories, offices and spaces for multidisciplinary research.

A central atrium will provide natural light while a 1.5-acre green space in front of the completed building will form a natural entranceway to the Kettering Lab Complex. Perkins+Will (Chicago) serves as architect and Messer Construction Co. (Cincinnati) is managing construction. A February 2019 opening is scheduled.