BBS Architects Engineers

Iowa State University

Kemin Food Sciences Lab Renovation
Kemin Food Sciences Lab Renovation
Kemin Food Sciences Lab Renovation
Kemin Food Sciences Lab Renovation
Kemin Food Sciences Lab Renovation
Kemin Food Sciences Lab Renovation

Owner: Iowa State University
Architectural and Engineering Design Services: BBS Architects | Engineers
General Contractor: Apex Construction Solutions, Inc.
Construction Completed: January 2017
Construction Cost: $542,900

Photo Credit: Tim Bungert, BBS Architects | Engineers

Client Need:

This project involved the remodel of an existing lab in the west wing of the Food Sciences building into an updated teaching lab for students in the Food Sciences program. The department challenged our team to design a layout that could accommodate the equipment required for alternating micro-biology and food chemistry courses, while maximizing the capacity of students.

BBS Approach:

Our team worked diligently with the department to develop a thorough understanding of how the space would be used for each course. Attention to detail was critical in developing a layout which provides proper equipment adjacencies, as well as an efficient casework design to satisfy all storage needs.


Along with the functional needs of the space, the project’s generous donor inspired us to produce a design that instills excitement for learning and encourages students to pursue careers in the food science industry. Together with the department and the donor, we were able to select finishes that provided a wow factor, while being durable and budget-friendly.

As the lab is on the second floor of a three-story building, our engineers were presented with a unique challenge of routing exhaust services from the four new fume hoods up to the roof. With the scope of work physically extending into the floors above and below the remodeled space, extensive on-site investigation and coordination was required to properly include the work in the bid documents.

Hospital Emergency Room Renovation & Expansion
VRAC C6 and Office Suite
College of Human Sciences
IADA Office Renovation
Coover Hall Infrastructure Study
Camp Dodge Pool Campus Improvements
Hub Tower Conference Center
Iowa City Federal Building - VHA Renovations
Memorial Union Food Court
Lance and Ellie's Sandwich Shop
Union Drive Community Center Renovations
ETRC Howe Hall
Extension 4-H Youth Building
Iowa Events Center
New Office
Executive Suites Renovation
Arizona Farm Bureau Center
Goodnow Hall Restoration & Renovation
219 Eighth Street
Reid “E” Research Facility
Home Office Building with Expansion
Biological Sciences Facility
Levitt Center for University Advancement
Common Ground - Coffee Shop
LeBaron Hall Replacement Study
Dodge House Renovations
Minnesota Farm Bureau Center
ETRC Hoover Hall
Food Sciences Building - Room 2379 Renovation
Office Renovation
Hub Tower Elevator Modernization
Corporate Headquarters
Corporate Headquarters Renovation
BBS at 219 8th Street
Corporate Highrise
Beardshear Hall Remodeling
Parking Garage
Chemistry Building Addition & Renovation
Hub Tower Office Tenant Improvement
Des Moines Public Market
Utah Farm Bureau Center
MacKay Hall Auditorium Renovation
Wyoming Farm Bureau Center
Catholic Pastoral Center Rehabilitation
ABC - Office Build-Out
Covered Walkway
Camp Dodge Chapel Addition and Renovation
Sabin Hall Renovation – LEED Gold
Science Center - New Facility
© 2023 BBS Architects | engineers, All rights reserved.