Iowa State University’s Engineering, Teaching and Research Complex is designed to tie together the College of Engineering and the Institute for Physical Research Technology. It consists of two three-story buildings connected by a skyway and a tunnel. The Research Complex houses offices, laboratories and specialized spaces for the department of aerospace engineering and ASSOCIATED FIRMEllerbe BecketCOST PER SQ FT$149.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio mechanics and the Iowa Center for Emerging Technologies. It also provides offices and high-technology instructional spaces, including distance-learning facilities.
The facility has flexible planning modules that can be reconfigured to suit the needs of different departments. The walls are non-load-bearing, and mechanical and utility shafts are bundled and spaced to create an open-floor plate. Small offices can be transformed easily into large laboratories.
The plan consists of two linear functional blocks flanking transparent public spaces. A back-to-back configuration places offices on the building perimeter.
Specialty labs include the high-bay training floor, capable of housing large-scale aircraft components and mock-ups; low-speed aerodynamic labs; vibration, acoustics and haptic labs; and interdisciplinary design labs, in addition to a subsonic research tunnel and virtual-reality cave.