Creating a Home Away From Home for Iowa State Students

​With a growing student population and increasing demand for on-campus housing, Iowa State University selected Opus to design and build a new residence hall on its campus in Ames, Iowa.

As the university’s first new residence hall in more than a decade, this significant project required a thoughtful and creative design. To provide the most value possible for the budget, Opus’ design-build team went above and beyond, including more of what the university wanted and designing the building to serve students for decades to come.

Hearing the university’s request for a building that would foster learning and encourage student interaction and socialization, the design features a variety of informal and formal gathering spaces, including a large activity room, an outdoor patio, various study areas, community spaces on each floor and a dedicated lounge for each house, a unique part of Iowa State’s housing system that groups 40 to 50 students living on the same floor.

The eight-story building is approximately 193,000 square feet with 784 total beds. Each room accommodates two students.

Construction on the building began in summer 2015 and was completed in time for the 2017 spring semester.