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:
- Total size: 264,000 gross square feet; 158,000 net square feet
- Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
- Iowa Center for Emerging Manufacturing Technology
- Engineering Distance Education
- Iowa Space Grant Consortium
- Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS)
Phase I: Stanley and Helen Howe Hall
- Size: 163,000 gross square feet; 98,000 net square feet
- Cost: $34 million
- Construction began in June and com-pletion is expected by early 2000.
- Features 275-seat auditorium; four high-tech classrooms; two high-tech lecture halls; teaching and research labs for mechanical vibrations, acoustics, stress analysis, composite materials, aerospace structures, strength of materials and fluid mechanics; four interdisciplinary design labs; computer workstation lab; C2 synthetic environment facility and supporting laboratories; conference facilities; museum/technology transfer lounge; offices.
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- Size: 101,000 gross square feet; 60,000 net square feet
- Cost: $27 million
- Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 1998 and completion is expected in December 2001.
- Features: 400-seat auditorium; environmental and aerodynamic wind tunnels; space systems laboratory; multidisciplinary design and fabrication laboratory; computer workstation laboratories; multidisciplinary teaching and research laboratories; offices.
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