A much-needed expansion to the Gerdin Business Building is underway! Construction on the three-story, 45,000 square-foot addition started in February 2019, with work expected to be complete in fall 2020. Classes will be held in the new space beginning in January 2021.
The $28 million addition was designed with students in mind and will include more classrooms, computer classrooms, a multi-purpose space, and study areas.
The expansion was made possible thanks to a $7 million commitment from the Gerdin Charitable Foundation. BNIM of Des Moines and Story Construction of Ames are the design-build team for the addition, which is being constructed on the east side of the Gerdin Business Building, facing Wallace Road.
Gerdin Expansion Web Cam
Click the still photo below to see real-time, live streaming video of the expansion work.
Project Update: September 24, 2019
It was a busy summer at the construction site, and the addition is starting to take shape. The structural steel for the ground floor, first floor, and second floor is complete, and the sheet metal decking is in place on the first and second floor. The construction crew is currently assembling the structural steel and deck for the third floor, which should be complete by the first week of October.
Rain has temporarily delayed the concrete for the ground floor, but Story Construction plans to start pouring ground floor concrete sometime this week. Concrete for all floors should be complete by the end of October, weather permitting. The outer walls of the addition have been manufactured off-site in a controlled environment, with installation scheduled to begin in mid-October.
Construction Detours and Road Closures
Wallace Road is closed between Union Drive and the entrance to the top level of the East Campus Parking Deck (the parking ramp entrance is still accessible). The south entrance to Farmhouse Lane is closed as well.
To get to the Gerdin Business Building from the East Campus Parking Deck, please walk out the north end of the parking deck, cross Wallace Road, and follow the sidewalk between Heady Hall and the Food Sciences Building to reach Farmhouse Lane. You can then go south on Farmhouse Lane until you reach an accessible entrance at the northeast corner of the Gerdin Business Building. Alternately, you can walk out the south end of the East Campus Parking Deck to Union Drive and follow the sidewalk along Union Drive to the south entrance to the Gerdin Business Building.
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