Hawkeye Community College Health Education and Services Center

posted on October 27, 2015 in Education

Forty years after its initial inception, Hawkeye Community College decided to build a much needed Health Education and Service Center. It houses a gymnasium and associated fitness/weights area, a new Student Health Center, classroom/lab spaces for new Occupational and Physical Therapy programs and a Police Science program. Much needed general classroom spaces were also incorporated into its design.

Daylight and student wellness were important considerations in the design. The majority of interior spaces have access to natural light and the upper gymnasium walls are clad with translucent panels to harvest daylight. A running and walking track rings the upper portion of the gym, inviting students and staff to exercise throughout the day.

The building is designed to LEED standards and is heated and cooled by use of a ground water source pump and re-inject geothermal system. Individual heat pumps are spread throughout the building and an energy recovery unit is used for ventilation.

This was also a departure from the central campus and involved some re-imagining of the campus master plan, originally created with StruXture in the 1960’s. It was an important step in not only improving campus flow, but an opportunity to add vital services to campus to improve student enrollment as well as expanding the campus cultural environment.

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