Iowa State University Economic - Development Core Facility

Ames, IA

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Architecture Overview:

This new center brings together previously separate services and expertise related to ISU’s economic development and company assistance programs and the Administration and Services of the ISU Research Park, under one roof. The new facility is designed around a core of collaboration spaces supporting a wide range of interaction and engagement: social, professional, educational, from startup to established multinational corporations. The design supports the clients’ desire to foster a culture of engagement and exchange recognizing the value of people forming relationships.

Interior Design Overview:

The building's lobby and centrally located "Hub Commons" is a large open active space for exchange that supports scheduled meetings or impromptu huddles. The Commons area is a multipurpose space able to host conference events or a cafe style working environment. Active open space to more focused and privately controlled spaces are arranged around the core.

Landscape Architecture Overview:

The site connects with the building core with broad panel lawns and plaza space serving to support outdoor social gatherings, recognizing that strong collaboration grows from both professional and social relationships.

Lighting Design Overview:

Effective daylighting of the Economic Core Facility, began with the architects and lighting engineers collaborating on the siting and designing of a building form that best optimized the harvest of natural daylight. Next, the glazing and solar control systems are specified and selected to admit targeted but significant amounts of natural light while excluding both glare and the infrared heat load that comes with natural daylight. Lastly, the design of the high efficiency LED lighting system and the lighting controls permit the installed artificial lighting to dim proportionally in the presence of ample daylight while maintaining consistent and appropriate lighting levels at the end-user’s task surfaces. With respect to installed lighting, the building’s unit power density peaks at .70 watts per square foot and is further reduced by the engineered use of natural daylight.

  • CLIENT: Iowa State Univeristy
  • COMPLETE: June 2016
  • SIZE:
    40,000 Sq. Ft. of New Construction
    • Illuminating Engineering Society - Merit Award - 2018
  • SUSTAINABLE: Certified LEED for New Construction v3.0 - Gold
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