A much-needed expansion to the Gerdin Business Building is now complete! Construction on the 45,000 square-foot addition started in February 2019 and concluded in November 2020. Classes will be held in the new space beginning in January 2021.

The $28 million, four-story addition was designed with students in mind. It includes 40 percent more space, seven team rooms, a central common area that will be available as a student study space, a state-of-the-art sales suite, 35 faculty office spaces, and five additional classrooms.

The expansion was made possible thanks to a $7 million commitment from the Gerdin Charitable Foundation, as well as other generous donors. BNIM of Des Moines and Story Construction of Ames were the design-build team for the addition, which was constructed on the east side of the Gerdin Business Building, facing Wallace Road.

Project Update: December 7, 2020

The Gerdin Business Building expansion is now open! Members of the Gerdin family returned to campus on November 13 for a small, physically distanced ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new expansion and the family’s ongoing support of the Ivy College of Business. On November 19, Dan and Joanie Houston joined us for a small, physically distanced ribbon cutting event for the Houston Professional Sales Suite. Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen participated in both celebrations.

Thank you to Danny Johnson, director of facilities and associate professor of supply chain management, for his leadership and attention to detail on the Gerdin expansion project.