400 East Court Avenue | Suite 140 | Des Moines, IA 50309

University of Iowa Blank Honors Building

LocationIowa City, IA
  • Project
    • Estimated $9.75 million
    • 70,500+/- Sq. Ft. (includes lower level mechanical space)
  • Services
    • ¬†Structural Design
    • Construction Review
  • Awards
    • 2006 ACEC Engineering Excellence Honor
    • 2005 Central States Regional Excellence in Architecture
    • 2005 AIA Iowa Honor ¬†

The proposed University of Iowa Blank Honors Building will house new multi-media classrooms, study rooms, offices and conference rooms. This unique six story structure is composed of composite steel beam construction along with cast-in-place concrete elevator shafts and shearwalls to provide lateral stability. A drilled shaft foundation system was utilized to minimize vibrations and intrusion on the existing Daum Hall foundation located a few feet to the East. The floors were designed with multiple step back cantilevers to enhance the buildings exterior appearance. The interior showcases a 2nd floor bridge that is hung from the 3rd floor with tension rods and provides a very open and spacious feeling due to the large amount of exterior glazing. This bridge will eventually project to the South creating a skywalk that connects this building to the proposed Careers Center.

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