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Inside Iowa State
Sept. 26, 1997

ETRC will benefit today's children

Stanley and Helen Howe attend groundbreaking ceremony

by Skip Derra

The Engineering Teaching and Research Complex is about kids, according to Speaker of the House Ron Corbett (R-Cedar Rapids) and donors Stanley and Helen Howe.

During a ceremonial groundbreaking Sept. 20, both Corbett and the Howes said children are the ones who will benefit directly from ETRC. It was one reason they backed the project, Howe said, holding his granddaughter Molly.

The state of Iowa has appropriated $33 million for ETRC, and $28 million will come from non-state sources.

The lead gift in fund-raising efforts for the ETRC came from the Howes, a Muscatine couple who provided $6 million to the project. Stanley Howe is chairman emeritus and member of the board of directors of HON INDUSTRIES, a Muscatine manufacturer of office furniture and prefabricated fireplace units. HON also is providing $1 million in furniture to the building complex.

The $61 million ETRC will be built in two phases, with phase I (Stanley and Helen Howe Hall) west of Bissell Road and phase II on the east side. A skywalk and tunnels will connect the two buildings.

Here are some additional facts about Iowa State's largest- ever building project:



Phase I: Stanley and Helen Howe Hall

Phase II

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