VISIONS Winter 2017: Our Changing Landscape



Biorenewables Complex*

  • Two phases of this building project have been completed since the original Biorenewables Research Laboratory opened in summer 2010.
  • The Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering program is housed in the new $60 million Elings and Sukup Halls.
  • Buildings feature more than 190,000 square feet of modern research labs, classrooms, student spaces, and offices offering a state-of-the-art learning and innovation environment.
  • Artwork includes “Floating World,” 14 parallel laser-cut steel panels by Ralph Helmick representing agricultural progression through time.


Troxel Hall*

  • Opened in fall 2013, this state-of-the-art teaching auditorium features a 400-seat general university lecture space and green roof.
  • Named for donor Doug Troxel (’67 mathematics), who gave a $5 million lead gift.


Jeff & Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center*

  • $7.9 million building paid for by nearly 1,200 donors, led by Jeff & Deb Hansen’s $2 million gift.
  • Versatile, multipurpose resource accessible to students campus-wide; includes an indoor 125-foot-by-250-foot arena with seating for 1,000, four classrooms, and a conference room.


Cyclone Sports Complex

  • In fall 2013, a new athletics facility opened its doors on campus – opening with it new opportunities for student-athletes in ISU’s soccer, softball, and track and field programs.
  • The $13 million Cyclone Sports Complex is located just east of the Towers Residence Halls at the intersection of Mortensen Road and Welch Ave.
  • The facility replaces the competition fields formerly housed at the ISU Soccer Complex and Southwest Athletic Complex with new, state-of-the art features for student-athletes and fans.



Marston Hall

  • The two-year project gutted and restored all four floors.
  • Reopened fall 2016.
  • Total interior renovation, with three state-of-the-art classrooms seating up to 80 students each, 177-seat auditorium, special events center student lounge/ welcome center, and office suites.
  • $27 million project (combination private giving and university funds).


Curtiss Hall*

  • Partial interior remodel, featuring Harl Commons, a student services area, and space for the Agriculture Entrepreneurship Initiative.
  • Projects completed in 2012 and 2013 at a cost of $14.3 million.


State Gym**

  • Remodel/expansion of the historic gymnasium, with a 92,320-square-foot addition.
  • Reopened in 2012.
  • Facility features two- and three-court gymnasiums, cycling room, fitness & wellness suite, Outdoor Recreation Program space, two jogging/walking tracks, skywalk, pool, rock-climbing wall, cardio equipment, weight equipment, and a smoothie café.
  • Pictured is a fitness yoga class held over the noon hour. Other classes include strength training, cardio sculpt, kickboxing, Cy-Cycle, Zumba, Pilates, Boot Camp, Jump Fitness, and more.


Jack Trice Stadium

  • Project constructed in two phases; $64.5 million total.
  • First phase enclosed the south end of the stadium with permanent upper and lower seating bowls in the south end zone and added the Sukup End Zone Club.
  • End Zone Club seats 3,000; the new sections of the stadium seat nearly 6,000, bringing total capacity to 61,000.
  • Funded in part by a $25 million lead gift from Roy (’57 ag journalism) and Bobbi (honorary alumna) Reiman (L)
  • A landscaped green space between the south end zone and Reiman Gardens to be completed in fall 2017.*LEED gold, **LEED platinum


  • Work is currently underway to renovate nearly a dozen state-of-the-art classrooms in two buildings – Hamilton and Pearson – that will open next fall.
  • An $80 million Student Innovation Center: This 140,000-square-foot interdisciplinary space for project-based learning, entrepreneurship, and team work will be located near Marston Water Tower. Funding comes from a $40 million state appropriation, a $20 million gift from an anonymous donor, and an additional $20 million to be privately raised. Completion is scheduled for spring 2020.
  • An $88 million project will construct new space to support biosciences programs. The project consists of two components: an addition to Bessey Hall and a new Advanced Teaching and Research Building (ATRB), both currently under construction. The $30.3 million, four-story addition to the east side of Bessey Hall (funded through state appropriations) will house biology teaching labs and two 80-seat classrooms, in addition to research facilities for ecology, evolution, and organismal biology. The new ATRB, located on the northwest corner of Stange Road and Pammel Drive, is being built at a cost of $56.1 million (funded through state appropriations, university funds, private gifts, and an $8 million bond). The ATRB will house programs in plant pathology and microbiology; genetics, development, and cell biology; and entomology with space for research, teaching labs, and a general university lecture hall.
  • University officials have requested a state appropriation to initiate funds for a $124 million Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) project. The VDL will put Iowa State on the map as a national leader in protecting animal and human health.


  • Andrews-Richards House
  • Davidson Hall
  • Industrial Education II
  • Soon: Nuclear Engineering Building and a portion of Sweeney Hall


This article was originally published in VISIONS magazine. To receive the full issue delivered to your mailbox four times per year, become a member of the ISU Alumni Association.


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