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.

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