Iowa State University
Engineering Teaching & Research Complex - Howe Hall - Ames, Iowa
Howe Hall was the first of two buildings for the Engineering Teaching and Research Complex (ETRC). The building includes an area specifically designed for wind tunnel research. Brooks Borg Skiles collaborated with Ellerbe Becket in the design of the Engineering Teaching and Research Complex (ETRC). This major project achieves a dramatic presence on the west side of the campus. Building forms interact with each other, and the landscape, to express images of fluid dynamics. The second building, Hoover Hall, is connected by a skywalk to Howe Hall and opens to a large green space that celebrates the Marston Water Tower and engages Marston Hall.
An extensive mechanical, electrical and communications infrastructure is required to meet the needs of these groups. The complex is designed to be adaptable to the changing needs of the Engineering College. Spaces are organized around atrium spaces to optimize daily interaction.