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Annette Hacker, director,
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Office: (515) 294-4777

8-28-07

Pavilion exterior

Print-quality images of the pavilion addition are available from Teddi Barron, (515) 294-4778, tbarron@iastate.edu.

Contacts:

Mark Engelbrecht, College of Design, (515) 294-7427

Jenni Cushman, ISU Foundation, (515) 294-6984, cushman@iastate.edu

Heather Sauer, College of Design Communications, (515) 294-9289, hsauer@iastate.edu

Teddi Barron, News Service, (515) 294-9289, tbarron@iastate.edu

ISU College of Design to break ground for pavilion addition Sept. 7

AMES, Iowa -- A ceremonial groundbreaking for the pavilion addition to the Iowa State University College of Design building will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, on the north side of the building.

Among the speakers are Iowa State alumni Steven and Barbara King, who provided the lead gift of $1.5 million for the new $6.25 million, two-story facility. This is the largest outright commitment ever made to the College of Design.

"We have always believed in giving back, and Iowa State is a special place to both of us," Barb King said.

The Kings graduated from Iowa State in 1968; Steve received a bachelor of landscape architecture degree, and Barb received a bachelor's degree in food science. In 1971 they founded Landscape Structures, Inc., an innovative children's play equipment company based in Delano, Minn. The company is now an industry leader in safe, sustainable design practices.

Construction of the 23,500-gross-square-foot pavilion will begin later this year and be completed in early 2009. The first new "green" structure on campus, the addition will use energy-saving techniques, such as natural ventilation, daylighting, storm-water control with a "living" roof, unique site design and recycled building materials.

"We are proud to be a part of the pavilion, and its being the first new green building at Iowa State. Sustainability is extremely important to both of us and for everyone's future," said Steve King.

When completed, the new facility will feature a central, two-story "forum" surrounded by instructional studios on all sides. The project also includes break-out lecture and critique spaces, enhanced model work room and shop, recycling center and spray room. The space will be home primarily to freshman students in the College of Design's Core Design Program, as well as sophomore students in the first year of their professional programs.

"The pavilion will finally make the collegiate community 'whole' with a contiguous set of studios for our entering students," said Mark Engelbrecht, dean of the College of Design. "At the same time, the addition and surrounding gardens will provide a living laboratory for the study of sustainable design practices that will prove useful to the larger collegiate enterprise, and, we hope, to the university community generally."

Created in 1978, the College of Design offers programs in architecture, art and design, community and regional planning, graphic design, interior design, integrated studio arts and landscape architecture. The college also administers a multidisciplinary geographic information systems (GIS) graduate certificate program.

Of the $6.25 million total cost of the new pavilion, $3.25 million is from private gifts, with the remainder from institutional sources. Private gifts are made through the ISU Foundation, a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to securing and managing gifts and grants that benefit Iowa State University.

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Foundations Pavilion Addition-College of Design

Fast Facts

  • Ceremonial groundbreaking Sept. 7, 2007
  • Construction expected to begin fall 2007
  • Completion anticipated winter 2008 with occupancy spring semester 2009
  • Located on north side of existing College of Design building
  • $6.25 million total cost:
    • $3.25 million from private gifts, including $1.5 million lead gift by Iowa State alumni Steven and Barbara King
    • Remainder from institutional sources
  • 23,500 gross square feet
  • Completed facility will feature:
    • Central, two-story forum surrounded by instructional studios on all sides
    • 15 studio classrooms
    • Break-out lecture and critique spaces
    • Enhanced model work room and shop
    • Recycling center
    • Spray room
  • First new green building on campus:
    • Instead of air conditioning, natural ventilation and an evening ventilation cycle will cool the studio spaces, which will not be used in summer.
    • The building will have a vegetated "green" roof to lower cooling costs, extend the roof's life expectancy, reduce storm-water discharge, and reduce the "heat island" effect. Green roofs provide natural air filtration and create oxygen through photosynthesis. The pavilion roof will be planted with succulent plants and feature nine varieties of sedum, Limestone Fameflower (talinum calycicum), Chives (allium schoenoprasum) and Hardy Prickly Pear (opuntia humifusa).
    • During construction, all waste produced by the building process will be recycled. The project goal is that over 95 percent of all waste generated is recycled.
  • The addition will be built of silver or gray metal panels, exposed concrete and aluminum-framed window areas to provide natural light into the building interior.
  • The site around the building will be developed to demonstrate water-retention techniques that allow the water to percolate back into the soils instead of being piped directly into the storm sewers. Two detention cells will be covered in permeable pavers to create patios. Plantings in the restored site include a variety of trees, woody shrubs, blooming perennials and grasses.
  • The pavilion will provide a home primarily for freshman students in the College of Design's Core Design Program and sophomore students in the first year of their professional programs.
  • Pavilion and grounds will be a living laboratory for study of sustainable design practices and help establish the principles of environmental stewardship within the collegiate and university culture.
  • Building designed by RDG Planning & Design, Des Moines
  • Others on the project team include:
    • Holabird & Root, Rochester, Minn.
    • Conservation Design Forum, Elmhurst, Ill.
    • Charles Saul Engineering, Des Moines
    • Stecker-Harmsen, Ames
    • The Weidt Group, Minnetonka, Minn.
Pavilion interior

Quick look

A ceremonial groundbreaking for the pavilion addition to the ISU College of Design building will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Alumni Steven and Barbara King provided the lead gift of $1.5 million for the new $6.25 million, two-story facility. Construction will begin later this year and be completed in early 2009. It will be the first new "green" structure on campus. The new facility will include a central, two-story "forum," instructional studios, break-out lecture and critique spaces, enhanced model work room and shop, recycling center and spray room. It will be home primarily to freshman students in the Core Design Program, and sophomores in the first year of their professional programs.

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"We are proud to be a part of the pavilion, and its being the first new green building at Iowa State. Sustainability is extremely important to both of us and for everyone's future."

Steve King, ISU alumnus