BBS Architects Engineers

Grinnell College

Goodnow Hall Restoration & Renovation
Goodnow Hall Restoration & Renovation

Client Need:
Goodnow Hall, completed in 1885 as Goodnow Library and Observatory, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has become recognized as a key architectural element on the Grinnell College campus. The goals of this project were to preserve the building through exterior restoration while renovating the interior for contemporary needs, including life safety and functional efficiency. The building was renovated for the Anthropology Department.

BBS Approach:
BBS provided design and interior planning for the restoration of Goodnow Hall.

Project Results:

  • Design includes restoration of exterior walls, entrance lobby, and first floor seminar room.
  • The remainder of the interior has been renovated for Anthropology Department offices and teaching spaces.
  • Exterior restoration includes:
    • Replacement of severely deteriorated sandstone with matching new material and rebuilding a portion of the exterior masonry walls.
    • Masonry cleaning and tuckpointing, stained glass restoration, and entrance door restoration.
    • Replacement windows duplicate original windows in appearance while attaining a high degree of energy efficiency.
  • Interior plan modifications provide an efficient organization of space and allow the use of the original window openings to light work areas.
  • At the third floor, the original barrel vaulted ceiling is highlighted with cove lighting and a large existing semicircular end window.
  • Throughout the building, wood wainscot trim and panel doors are used.
  • In the entrance lobby, seminar room, and stair, oak flooring, a reproduction carpet and wall covering of the late 1800s were supplied by a Grinnell College restoration specialist.
Covered Walkway
Executive Suites Renovation
New Office
LeBaron Hall Replacement Study
Hub Tower Office Tenant Improvement
Office Renovation
VRAC C6 and Office Suite
Utah Farm Bureau Center
Camp Dodge Chapel Addition and Renovation
Dodge House Renovations
Sabin Hall Renovation – LEED Gold
Minnesota Farm Bureau Center
Iowa City Federal Building - VHA Renovations
Hub Tower Conference Center
Corporate Highrise
IADA Office Renovation
Levitt Center for University Advancement
Memorial Union Food Court
Common Ground - Coffee Shop
Union Drive Community Center Renovations
Corporate Headquarters
Wyoming Farm Bureau Center
Chemistry Building Addition & Renovation
Reid “E” Research Facility
Catholic Pastoral Center Rehabilitation
Parking Garage
MacKay Hall Auditorium Renovation
College of Human Sciences
Hub Tower Elevator Modernization
Camp Dodge Pool Campus Improvements
Corporate Headquarters Renovation
Beardshear Hall Remodeling
Kemin Food Sciences Lab Renovation
Arizona Farm Bureau Center
ETRC Hoover Hall
Biological Sciences Facility
Extension 4-H Youth Building
Iowa Events Center
Food Sciences Building - Room 2379 Renovation
Lance and Ellie's Sandwich Shop
Des Moines Public Market
Coover Hall Infrastructure Study
Home Office Building with Expansion
219 Eighth Street
Science Center - New Facility
BBS at 219 8th Street
Hospital Emergency Room Renovation & Expansion
ABC - Office Build-Out
ETRC Howe Hall
© 2023 BBS Architects | engineers, All rights reserved.