BBS Architects Engineers

Iowa State University

MacKay Hall Auditorium Renovation
MacKay Hall Auditorium Renovation
MacKay Hall Auditorium Renovation
MacKay Hall Auditorium Renovation
MacKay Hall Auditorium Renovation
MacKay Hall Auditorium Renovation

Construction Data:
Size: 8,340 GSF Renovation
Construction Cost:

  • Estimated: $2,007,887
  • Bid: $1,928,000
  • Final: $2,155,488

Completion Date: 2014

The location, size and historical character of MacKay Hall establish this building and the related MacKay Hall Auditorium as significant landmarks within the context of the ISU campus. The design team was challenged by ISU’s College of Human Sciences to transform underutilized spaces in the building into enticing teaching and learning spaces to serve Iowa State’s rapidly growing student body.

The renovation of the first floor auditorium and adjacent spaces creates an optimum learning environment for 215 students within a rehabilitated historic envelope. An isolated balcony was removed in favor of stadium style platforms with swivel seating to facilitate interactive learning. State of the art lighting and communications technology complete the transformation.

Behind the seating platforms on first floor, a former lounge has been transformed to a welcome center functionally and visibly with two new offices and glass partitions. An adjacent corridor and large entry vestibule were rehabilitated to preserve historic materials. Batchelder tile fountains and a Christian Petersen designed sculpture were restored by the University.

Above the vestibule on second floor, a lecture room with stepped seating and obsolete fixed furniture was fully renovated into a 36 student classroom to meet the demand for small group interactive classes. Movable furniture, computer monitors and portable marker boards facilitate flexible and group learning.

Levitt Center for University Advancement
Hospital Emergency Room Renovation & Expansion
Beardshear Hall Remodeling
Wyoming Farm Bureau Center
Camp Dodge Pool Campus Improvements
Lance and Ellie's Sandwich Shop
LeBaron Hall Replacement Study
Extension 4-H Youth Building
Federal Building Study and Arc Flash Assessment
Arizona Farm Bureau Center
Memorial Union Food Court
Iowa Events Center
Ames Laboratory TASF and Spedding Hall Arc Flash Study
Minnesota Farm Bureau Center
Hub Tower Elevator Modernization
New Office
Chemistry Building Addition & Renovation
Food Sciences Building - Room 2379 Renovation
Covered Walkway
Sabin Hall Renovation – LEED Gold
Parking Garage
IADA Office Renovation
Camp Dodge Urban Assault Course
Ames Laboratory Metal Development and Wilhelm Hall Electrical Study
Iowa City Federal Building - VHA Renovations
219 Eighth Street
ETRC Hoover Hall
Reid “E” Research Facility
Ames Laboratory Metal Development and Wilhelm Hall Electrical Upgrades
Corporate Headquarters Renovation
Science Center - New Facility
VRAC C6 and Office Suite
Geoffroy Residence Hall
Hub Tower Office Tenant Improvement
Catholic Pastoral Center Rehabilitation
Office Renovation
Coover Hall Infrastructure Study
Kemin Food Sciences Lab Renovation
Executive Suites Renovation
Hub Tower Conference Center
Union Drive Community Center Renovations
College of Human Sciences
Dodge House Renovations
ABC - Office Build-Out
ETRC Howe Hall
Corporate Highrise
Biological Sciences Facility
Richard Bolling Federal Building Study and Arc Flash Assesment
Utah Farm Bureau Center
Home Office Building with Expansion
© 2023 BBS Architects | engineers, All rights reserved.