Kirkwood Community College Master Plan

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kirkwood’s campus covers 680 acres, including a 400-acre working farm on its main campus. The 27+ buildings hold more than 1.65 million square feet of interior learning space and a 15-acre athletic complex. OPN has been working with Kirkwood Community College for more than a decade. The most recent Master Plan identified a number of new projects, and their potential locations on campus. Vignettes (character sketches) were developed to help define the size and scope of each project for the Board of Directors. The plan included broad-scope cost estimates, program summaries, and a tiered implementation schedule.

As a result of this analysis, the Kirkwood Administration shifted their preconceptions and originated a new academic building to house English, Social Sciences, and Learning Services. Relocation of these departments will allow growth of Math and Science, and Health Sciences in Linn Hall. The Master Plan was a significant tool for planning the use of $27 million in funding and led to a clear implementation strategy of the following facilities:

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
An upscale 71-room hotel, complete with an elegant gourmet restaurant, is operated by a full professional staff, and assisted by our Hospitality Arts students. The Hotel is currently ranked the top hotel in Iowa.

Healthcare Simulation Center
Health care students receive hands-on experience in crisis situations in the $3.6 million emergency medicine simulation lab, added to Linn Hall in 2008.

Jones Regional Education Center
A collaboration between eight school districts, the city of Monticello, the Welter family and Kirkwood Community College the Jones Regional Education Center provides opportunities for rural students. At approximately 30,000 square feet, the center houses state-of-the-art classrooms, career and technical labs for academic programs, and administrative offices.

Benton/Cedar Academic Wing
The $14 million academic wing added 90,000 square-feet of classrooms and offices for English, Institutional Effectiveness, Learning Services and Social Science departments.

The 32,000-square-foot Horticulture/Floriculture building features state-of-the-art energy efficiency, including geothermal heating and cooling, fully automated controls, plus a roof system that catches rainwater for use in the greenhouses and landscaping areas. A commons area, a small engine lab and an indoor dirt floor used to teach patio building enhance the facility.

Jones Hall
The center of industrial technology at Kirkwood, Jones Hall received an $8.5 million makeover in 2008. 2011 brings another addition, with a wing to house parts of a wind turbine for the new Energy Production & Distribution program.

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