Next phase of Biorenewables Complex starts soon; some parking lots affected

When construction of phase two of Iowa State’s Biorenewables Complex begins next month, one impact will be to parking lots on the west and north sides of campus.

Project manager Mark Huss, a facilities planning and management engineer, said excavation and site preparation will get under way on March 12. During the construction project, general staff parking Lot 6 (west of the construction site) will close and become a fenced work area for two years. The east/west sidewalk between the College of Design and the Biorenewables Research Laboratory (phase 1) will remain open.

Beginning March 10, faculty and staff with general parking permits who usually park in Lot 6 will need to find spaces in other general staff lots on campus. Parking division manager Mark Miller said he expects most people will move to open stalls in general staff lots west and north of the Molecular Biology and Communications buildings. The Ames Intermodal Facility at Hayward Avenue and Chamberlain Street, scheduled for completion this June, also will provide an additional 400 parking stalls. Approximately 20 employees with reserved spaces in Lot 6 were reassigned to other lots on the west edge of campus.

Miller said that 60 percent of the parking stalls in Lot 6 will become available again when phase two of the Biorenewables Complex is completed.

Phase 2 construction

The project will include a:

  • 70,000-square-foot office and classroom wing (Virgil B. Elings Hall)
  • 100,000-square-foot research and teaching wing and 8,000-square-foot atrium (Sukup Hall and Atrium)
  • 150-seat auditorium

It is being funded through $60.4 million in state appropriations over four years and $14.1 million in private gifts.

When it’s completed in the summer of 2014, this second phase of the Biorenewables Complex will be home to the agricultural and biosystems engineering department. The facilities are being designed to pursue a LEED® Gold level certification, as the Biorenewables Research Laboratory and Hach Hall already have received.

A color-coded campus parking map is available online.