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.