Forty years after its inception, Hawkeye Community College built a much-needed Health Education and Services Center to house a gymnasium and associated fitness and weights area, the Student Health Center, as well as classroom/lab spaces for new cccupational therapy assistance (OTA) and physical therapy assistance (PTA) programs, and the existing police COST PER SQ FT$142.75FEATURED IN2011 Architectural Portfolio program. Much-needed general classroom spaces also were provided.
The chosen site allowed for a two-story masonry construction solution that enabled the majority of the spaces to enjoy views to the exterior as well as capturing daylight.
The upper portion of the gymnasium is clad with translucent panels to harvest additional daylight for that space. The upper level of the gymnasium also is surrounded by a track, which serves both runners and walkers.
The building is designed to LEED silver standards and is heated and cooled by a groundwater-source pump and re-inject geothermal system. Individual heat pumps are spread throughout the building, and an energy-recovery unit is used for ventilation.