BBS Architects Engineers

Iowa State University

ETRC Howe Hall
ETRC Howe Hall
ETRC Howe Hall
ETRC Howe Hall

Consulting Architects: Ellerbe Becket
Structural Engineering: BBS Architects | Engineers 
Mechanical/Electrical Engineering: Ellerbe Becket
Construction Completed: 2000
Project Data: 170,000 GSF
Construction Cost: $29 million 

Howe Hall was the first of two buildings for the Engineering Teaching and Research Complex (ETRC). The building includes an area specifically designed for wind tunnel research. BBS collaborated with Ellerbe Becket in the design of the Engineering Teaching and Research Complex (ETRC). This major project achieves a dramatic presence on the west side of the campus. Building forms interact with each other, and the landscape, to express images of fluid dynamics. The second building, Hoover Hall, is connected by a skywalk to Howe Hall and opens to a large green space that celebrates the Marston Water Tower and engages Marston Hall.

Included in the buildings are a diverse and interactive group of functions:

  • Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
  • Virtual Reality Applications Center (including the cutting edge C6 fully immersive virtual environment)
  • Center for Industrial Research and Service
  • Materials Science Engineering
  • Engineering Computer Systems Support
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • General Use Classrooms and Auditorium (430 seat)
  • Distance Learning Classrooms
  • Teaching and Research Laboratories for large equipment and benchtop work
  • Specialized Use Classrooms (computer applications) and Auditorium (265 seat)

An extensive mechanical, electrical and communications infrastructure is required to meet the needs of these groups. The complex is designed to be adaptable to the changing needs of the Engineering College. Spaces are organized around atrium spaces to optimize daily interaction.

Hoover Hall represents the final component of the Engineering Teaching and Research Complex. Serving as a primary link to the Engineering campus, the exterior and interior design provides a holistic, unified appearance and experience with the first phase of the complex, Howe Hall.

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