Washington Hall

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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    Kirkwood Community College
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Renovations to Kirkwood Community College’s Washington Hall Statler Agriculture Sciences Center transformed the building into a modern learning space.

Completed in two phases, the renovation includes 53,000 square feet of renovated space including updated classroom and lab spaces and a 23,000-square foot addition. Improvements include:

  • Agricultural Science Diesel Technology lab addition
  • Enhancement of student common space for individual and group use
  • Addition of simulator rooms to accommodate current and future simulators for combine and sprayer operation
  • Updating of auditorium and specialized classrooms to be more flexible learning spaces

The renovated building is now more energy efficient with a geothermal system for heating and cooling and new energy efficient windows. Electrical, sprinkler and fire alarm systems were also upgraded.

“Before the renovation, it became very apparent that Washington Hall was in need of major upgrades if we wanted to maintain our place among the top two-year Ag schools in the country. The building lacked the adequate space and resources to support the high level of education we were providing. Now that space has been transformed into an incredible learning atmosphere that will enable our faculty and staff to reach new heights in educating the Ag leaders of tomorrow. I’m very excited for the future of this department and our students.” (Agricultural Sciences Dean Scott Ermer)

The $10 million renovation was part of $60 million bond referendum approved in 2017, which has enabled the college to pay for much-needed renovations and upgrades to a handful of aging Kirkwood buildings, including the Iowa Hall Student Center, Recreation Center, Veterinary Technology Center, and Automotive Tech.

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