A much-needed expansion to the Gerdin Business Building is underway! Construction on the four-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, 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.

Project Update: September 2, 2020

Most of the construction work on the ground floor of the Gerdin Business Building expansion will be completed this week, and construction on floors 1-3 will wrap up throughout the month of September. IT installation is underway and furniture is scheduled to arrive in October. Outside, crews are preparing to pour concrete for sidewalks and to begin landscape grading.

On September 2, Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding celebrated the construction progress by taking a sledgehammer to the temporary wall separating the Granite Hallway from the new expansion. Story Construction crews will remove the rest of the wall before Labor Day.

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 from the north). 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.