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Location: Ames, Iowa, USA

Architect: While with Ellerbee Becket

Project Role: Lead Design

Iowa State University, Howe Hall Engineering Teaching & Research Complex

This complex ties together the College of Engineering and the Institute for Physical Research Technology. With its high-tech classrooms, laboratories and research into emerging technology, Howe Hall is an engineer’s dream. Here students test components in a wind tunnel and in nondestructive evaluation labs.

The facility has flexible planning modules designed for reconfiguration to suit the needs of different departments and space utilization requirements. The walls are non–load bearing with mechanical and utility shafts bundled and spaced to create an open-floor plate, allowing freedom to easily transform small offices into large laboratories with convenient access to utilities. The building is designed to expand horizontally, allowing increased capacity to accommodate future growth without having to renovate the existing structure.