Iowa State University
Gary and Donna Hoover Hall

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Revolutionary changes in the practice of engineering demand a complete transformation in the way we educate engineers for the 21st century. The Engineering Teaching and Research Complex (ETRC) is central to Iowa State's efforts to strengthen engineering education, research, and outreach.

Designed as a futuristic, two-building complex (Howe Hall and Hoover Hall), the ETRC will facilitate an engineering education focused on enhancing student learning through advanced visualization technology, practice-oriented experiences on industrially relevant research, and regular interaction with visiting engineers.

The Engineering Teaching and Research Complex will dramatically change the west side of Iowa State's campus. The site straddles Bissel Road, and is bounded by Marston Hall on the east, Black Engineering and Beyer Hall to the south, the Nuclear Engineering Laboratory and a large open lawn area to the north and Sheldon Avenue to the west.

Loyal ISU alums will be happy to learn that the Marston Water Tower will be preserved and a large open space surrounding it will be created to serve as a gathering space and visual counterpoint to the surrounding buildings.

Providing 163,000 gross square feet (98,000 net), the university will gain as much square footage as Black Engineering, Town Engineering, and Coover Hall combined.

Highlights of the project include:

  • A 400-seat auditorium
  • A 300-seat auditorium
  • High-tech classrooms with multi-media and distance education capabilities
  • High-tech lecture halls with computer demonstration and network capabilities, videodata projection systems, and uplink/downlink capabilities.
  • Teaching labs for low- and high-speed aerodynamics
  • Specialized labs for mechanical vibrations, acoustics, and stress analysis.
  • Nondestructive evaluation labs.
  • Interdisciplinary design labs
  • Museum/technology transfer lounge
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ETRC Funding

ETRC Donors


Phase I, Howe Hall

Phase II, Hoover Hall

Iowa State University

College of Engineering