Substance Architecture

Iowa State University Marston Hall Renovation

Ames, Iowa

Marston Hall is the historic home of the College of Engineering at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The building is among the oldest structures on campus dating to 1900. Over the intervening century, the building was modified piecemeal resulting in a warren of small, largely administrative spaces, replacing the original classroom learning spaces. In 2016, Iowa State University completed the first comprehensive renovation of Marston Hall creating a 21st Century learning environment within the 19th Century structure. The renovation is simultaneously respectful of the building’s history and forward-looking – embracing both the College’s past accomplishments while facilitating future innovations.

The project was awarded Gold LEED Certification in August 2017.

Paul Crosby


Iowa Architect, Fall 2017

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