Three design-build teams, out of 11 applicants, have been selected as finalists for a building expansion at the Ivy College of Business. They are:
- M.A. Mortensen Company/OPN Architects + ZGF
- Opus Design Build, LLC
- Story Construction/BNIM
Throughout the spring semester, students, faculty, and staff have had opportunities to provide input about the project. The next step is to choose one final design-build team, a selection that will take place in October.
Construction of the 40,000 square-foot addition, announced on the second day of classes last fall, will begin in spring 2019 with completion expected in 2021. The estimated cost for the addition is $28 million. The new addition is designed with the students in mind and will include more classrooms, computer labs, a multi-purpose space, and study areas. Additional space for faculty offices is also included.
“The Gerdin Business Building at the Ivy College of Business is a beautiful and dynamic facility,” said Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding. “Unfortunately, we have outgrown this space. Since fall 2012, the college has experienced a 40 percent increase in enrollment. This has led us to hire more faculty and staff to accommodate the needs of our students. In addition, we continue to offer new programs, such as entrepreneurship and actuarial science, which benefit students and their future employers.”
Classes in Gerdin are booked from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays, requiring many students to have classes late into the evening. Students also take classes in other buildings on campus since classrooms are booked in the Gerdin Business Building. Limited space results in less flexibility for students, clubs and organizations.
A $7 million commitment from the Gerdin Charitable Foundation has made this expansion possible, Spalding said.
“The Gerdin family are long-time leaders, friends, and donors to the college. Ann and her late husband, Russell Gerdin, provided the foundational gift for the college’s facility – the Gerdin Business Building – in 1998. The couple established Heartland Express, a nationwide company specializing in logistics and transportation, with headquarters in North Liberty, Iowa.
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At the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business, which was named in 2017 with a historic $50 million gift, we provide students with skills and experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom. We combine a superior curriculum, internationally-known faculty, and a welcoming atmosphere to create an unmatched business education, whether students are seeking degrees at the bachelor, masters, or PhD level. The college is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Less than 5 percent of the world’s business programs have earned this credential.