Campus Plan

In September, 1999, the Board of Trustees officially accepted the Campus Plan, as proposed by Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott. The plan, which is merely a framework, responds to the College's present needs and long-term objectives and projects physical space and facilities needs for the next quarter-century. More importantly, it reflects one goal that the College physical plant match the caliber of our academic and campus life program.

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Facilities Update from President Osgood - June 26, 2002

CAMPUS PLAN UPDATE JUNE 26, 2002

To: The Campus Community

From: Russell Osgood

Date: June 26, 2002

Re: Campus Plan Update

It has been two years since the Board accepted the Campus Plan developed by Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott. This plan identified our space needs and set out a framework for contemplating which facility projects to pursue further. It helped us to think about foreseeable needs and a realistic sequencing of any facility projects (so as to avoid, for example, trying to build a residence hall on the old softball field without another site at which the softball team can play). As a framework, plans are meant to accommodate change and ours has. Set out below is an update on those facilities that have been authorized or are being planned at this time.

I. Authorized Facilities

A. Athletic Fields

Last fall, we completed construction of new athletic fields north of Tenth Avenue (and east of the railroad tracks). The softball team, which needed a replacement field (to accommodate the construction of the new residence halls), played its home games on these fields in the spring. In the fall, both men's and women's soccer will move to our new athletic fields and our football team will practice there as well.

B. The Chrystal Center

The Campus Plan recommended that we move the Offices of Admission and Financial Aid to a prominent location that would be easy for visitors to find: the corner of Sixth Avenue and Park Street. This fall, we will open the Chrystal Center, designed by Herbert Lewis Kruse and Blunck, which will house the Office of the Registrar, our Cashier, and the Office of Institutional Research in addition to the Offices of Admission and Financial Aid.

C. Energy Centers and Related Infrastructure

Our planners and engineers recognized at the beginning of the planning process, that any new facility would require additional heating and cooling capacity and an improved distribution system. This meant that a new heating/cooling facility would need to be completed before any other new building. As a result, we contracted with Ericksen Ellison to design a facility that would accommodate these needs. The architects ultimately recommended that we build a separate heating plant, north of Cowles, and renovate the current heating/cooling plant to serve as a chilling plant. The heating plant is near completion and the current combined plant will be converted to a chilling plant over the next year. In addition, we are in the process of laying improved distribution lines underground throughout campus to ensure that large facilities are connected to our heating/cooling system.

D. Residence Halls

The Campus Plan recommended that we add five residence halls to be built on a new "East Campus," north of Eighth Avenue and east of the railroad tracks. Consistent with the plan, we contracted with William Rawn and Associates to design residence halls for that site and we are currently building four of them. We project that three of the four halls will be completed by August of 2003 and the fourth one will be completed during the fall of 2003.

E. Facilities Management

The Office of Facilities Management moved into a new building on the east side of town this spring (Sixth Avenue and Penrose). As a result, the current Facilities Management building will be demolished this summer to open up access to the new athletic fields to the north and provide space for outdoor tennis courts (should we need to move the current tennis courts to make way for a new fieldhouse/recreation center).

F. Campus Center

The need for a new campus center was one of the motivating factors behind originally undertaking the campus planning process. Recognizing this need, the College has engaged Cesar Pelli and Associates to design a new campus center, to be named for Joe Rosenfield and sited at the center of campus. We are currently in the design phase and Cesar Pelli projects that construction will begin in the late winter, 2004 and completed by the spring of 2006.

The Board is also prepared to authorize the demolition of Darby Gymnasium, which the current Campus Center design contemplates.

G. Phase II of the Noyce Science Center

We have one of the most successful science facilities in the nation. When renovated in the mid-nineties, we contemplated a second phase to further improve the spaces for the sciences. In May, the Board authorized the College to engage Holabird & Root and Research Facilities Design (the planners and designers of Phase I) to plan and design Phase II of the Noyce Science Center. The program for the second phase is completed; we project that the design will be finished by March of 2004 and that construction could be completed by March of 2006.

II. Additional Planning- Facilities

A. Athletic Facilities

Last year, we engaged the firm of Cannon Design to develop a program and conceptual design for an overall athletic complex, including a new fieldhouse/recreation center. This planning reflected the belief of many that our athletic/recreation spaces should be improved. In addition, from a sequencing perspective, we will need another space for those athletic functions currently housed in Darby Gymnasium, should it be demolished.

B. Sequencing

Over the last 4 months, we have engaged in a complicated process of determining where we could relocate offices and functions that will need to move as a result of the construction of the Chrystal Center, the new residence halls, the Campus Center, and Phase II of the Noyce Science Center. For example, should Darby come down, several offices and functions, such as the Office of Information Technology Services and KDIC, will need to move elsewhere. In addition, we have been exploring the best uses of Mears Cottage, which will be completely vacant when the Chrystal Center is occupied in the fall.

Sequencing planning is not a one-time effort. Rather, it is part of an ongoing process to ensure that we have viable spaces, either temporary or permanent, for all offices and functions affected by the construction of new facilities.

Facilities Update from President Osgood- August 30, 2002

Facilities Update - August 30, 2002

August 30, 2002

To: Grinnell Community

From: Russell K. Osgood

Re: Facilities Update

From time to time I have circulated a short description of facilities plans and activity as I do in this memorandum. I welcome questions or comments. As I mentioned at the Faculty Meeting on Wednesday I am very grateful to our hardworking FM staff and our contractors for their excellent work on our behalf particularly as we welcomed a new group of students and faculty.

I. Chrystal Center

This project remains on schedule for completion in late September with a community open house and building opening occurring in early October.

II. Residence Halls

The construction of four planned residence halls along East Street is moving forward nicely. We continue to hope that three of them will be completed for the start of classes next fall semester.

III . Energy Center/Infrastructure Project

This elaborate project is moving forward well but a fair amount of campus work remains. The heating plant is nearing completion in time for the upcoming heating season. We have begun converting the current energy center (adjacent to the Science Center) into our cooling plant.

IV. Campus Center Project

Cesar Pelli & Associates is developing a design proposal. CPA architects have visited the campus several times this summer, met with the on-campus committee and groups of students and others. The architects will make a presentation to the Board of Trustees at its October meeting. The latest design layout can currently be found at the Joe Rosenfield Center. As proposed, this building will likely require the demolition of Darby Gymnasium sometime in 2004.

V. Phase II of the Noyce Science Center

In May the Board authorized the College to contract with Holabird & Root, the architect for Phase I of the Noyce Science Center, and Research Facilities Design, design consultants for Phase I of the Noyce Science Center, to develop a schematic design of Phase II of the Noyce Science Center Project. This design work is ongoing.

VI. Library/Forum Planning

The design process of the proposed Campus Center resulted in the decision not to plan a new library adjacent to the Campus Center. The College is currently developing options for a library expansion and reuse of the Forum, which would include space for Information Technology Services. During this upcoming year, we hope to engage in wider discussion on campus and with the Board of Trustees regarding the most feasible alternative for meeting our library and technology needs.

VII. Athletic Facilities Planning

The Campus Plan adopted by the Trustees in 1999 recommended that we build a new athletic complex in phases, north of 10th Avenue. The College has costed out various alternatives for a phased construction of such a facility, to meet our needs, including a space for performance basketball/volleyball and large campus events (in view of the possible demolition of Darby), a better fitness facility, and more locker room space. The Board has not authorized the College to hire architects to design any athletic facility at this time.

VIII. Mears Cottage

The Dean is working with two departments and several faculty-directed programs to move to Mears and thus to make it an academic building. This exciting development will allow us to vacate interior offices in Carnegie and begin to redesign and reconfigure ARH and Carnegie to be more in tune with our teaching and faculty office needs. We are not sure when such a move would occur but hope that this can be accomplished before the beginning of the second semester.

IX. Parking

Several people have mentioned to me that they had heard that we are planning to build a parking lot on one or another site. We have no plans to build any additional parking lots at this time. We may expand by a few spaces the parking lots in front of the old FM building and in front of Mears but neither project would add a significant number of spaces. We have endeavored to clear out all existing parking lots in the last few weeks and actually will be fully back to normal when the parking lot behind the Chrystal Center is fully reinstated.

Facilities Update from President Osgood - August 18, 2003

To: The Campus Community
From: Russell Osgood
Date: August 18, 2003
Re: Campus Plan Update

This is one of our comprehensive, periodic updates on a variety of construction projects and proposed projects for our campus. I welcome comments or questions.

I. Completed Facilities

A. Residence Halls

The Campus Plan recommended that we add five residence halls to be built on a new "East Campus," north of Eighth Avenue and east of the railroad tracks. Consistent with the plan, we contracted with William Rawn Associates to design residence halls for that site and we are currently building four of them. Three of the four halls are done and beginning to be occupied by students; the fourth hall will be opened at the end of September.

B. Heating/Chilling Plants and Related Infrastructure

Both the heating plant, the chilling plant, and the improved distribution lines underground throughout campus were completed last year. This enhancement will ensure that we can accommodate our current and future heating and cooling needs with substantially improved efficiency.

C. Mears Cottage and Carnegie Hall

Last year, after Mears Cottage was vacated by the Offices of Admission and Financial Aid, we completed a very successful renovation of Mears Cottage. It now houses our Departments of History and English as well as the Center for International Studies and the Office of Off-Campus Study. In addition, our FM crew has been working very hard over the last two months to renovate Carnegie Hall. The 2nd and 4th floors have been completely overhauled, the main skylight restored, and the original wood floors refinished on the first floor.

II. Authorized Facilities

A. The Joe Rosenfield Center

The College engaged Cesar Pelli and Associates to design a new campus center, to be named for Joe Rosenfield and sited at the center of campus. We are nearing the end of the design phase and we expect that construction will begin next summer and will be completed in time for the 2006-07 academic year.

The design of the Joe Rosenfield Center requires the demolition of Darby, which the Board has authorized and which will occur next June.

B. Phase II of the Noyce Science Center

We have one of the most successful science facilities in the nation. When renovated in the mid-nineties, we contemplated a second phase to further improve the spaces for the sciences. 1« years ago, the Board authorized the College to engage Holabird & Root and Research Facilities Design (the planners and designers of Phase I) to plan and design Phase II of the Noyce Science Center.

In addition to the new construction, this second phase also includes a significant upgrade of the CERA facilities and a renovation of the current 1986 Math/Psychology wing.

The program for the second phase is completed and the project is currently in the design phase. We project that the CERA renovation will begin this March, 2004 and be completed approximately 8 months later. Assuming that we meet our fundraising goals, we anticipate commencing the main Science Center construction in the summer of 2005 and the renovation of the 1986 wing in late 2006, when the main construction project will be concluded. By the end of 2007, we expect this project to be entirely completed.

C. Athletic Center

Last February, the Board authorized the College to engage Cesar Pelli and Associates and Sasaki Associates to design a new athletic center, to be sited north of Tenth Avenue. The architects worked with the on-campus committee to develop the program for this facility and have now completed the schematic design for the first phase. This first phase will include a new performance gymnasium, fitness center, auxiliary gymnasium, and locker/support spaces.

Last Friday, the Board authorized the College to commence construction of this project, which we anticipate will begin as soon as is practicable, on the site of our current outdoor tennis courts. To make way for the construction, we have already commenced the construction of new outdoor tennis courts, located across the railroad tracks from the current tennis courts. We have put the athletic center project on an accelerated schedule in order to have it completed in time for the second semester of the 2004-05 academic year.

We have also developed a plan to ensure that we can meet our athletic needs for the period when Darby Gymnasium is gone until the new performance gym becomes available.

III. Sequencing

Over the last year, we engaged in a complicated process of determining where we could relocate offices and functions that will need to move primarily as a result of the construction of the Joe Rosenfield Center and Phase II of the Noyce Science Center. For example, with the demolition of Darby, several offices and functions, such as the Office of Information Technology Services and KDIC, will need to move elsewhere. As a result of this process, we are planning to move the ITS staff remaining in Darby to three houses just south of 6th Avenue. The staff training room is moving from Darby 202 to the Mears basement. In addition, because the Office of Communication and Events moved this summer from 1233 Park to Windsor House, we will launch the "Teaching with Technology Center" in, and move the Helpdesk and the Office of College Services to, 1233 Park Street (across from Faculty House). We regard these locations for the ITS administration and functions as temporary and will need to look for a more permanent and consolidated location, hopefully on central campus, in the next few years. KDIC is projected to move temporarily into Younker Pit (until the Joe Rosenfield Center is completed).

During this summer, we moved the telephone switch and network hub to basement space in Lazier Hall, the southernmost new residence hall. We also moved the Network and Servers Team to the first floor of Lazier Hall, near the telephone switch and network servers.

Finally, to ensure that we are able to meet our parking needs in light of our new facilities, we have completed several new parking areas around campus, all consistent with the parking plans approved by the Parking Committee last spring.

Facilities Update from President Osgood - March 2, 2004

CAMPUS PLAN UPDATE - MARCH 2, 2004

To: Grinnell College Community
From: Russell Osgood
Date: March 2, 2004
Re: Campus Plan Update

This is another of our comprehensive, periodic updates on the status of facility projects and proposed projects for the campus. I welcome comments or questions.

I. Phase II of the Noyce Science Center

Two and one-half years ago, the Board of Trustees authorized the College to engage Holabird & Root and Research Facilities Design (the planners and designers of Phase I) to plan and design Phase II of the Noyce Science Center. In addition to the new construction on and partial renovation of the Noyce Science Center, this second phase also includes a significant upgrade of our Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA) facility.

Two weeks ago, the Board authorized the College to hire a contractor, complete design, and commence construction of the CERA component of the Noyce project within the authorized budget. We hope to begin construction at CERA this May and to complete it early in 2005.

The design for the on-campus portion of Phase II of the Noyce Science Center should be completed in the spring of 2005. Assuming that we meet our fundraising goals which are significant, we anticipate commencing the main Science Center new construction in the summer of 2005 and the renovation of the 1986 wing in early 2007, when the main construction project will hopefully be concluded. We hope to complete this entire project during the winter of 2007- 08.

II. The Joe Rosenfield '25 Center

Two years ago, the College engaged Cesar Pelli and Associates to design a new campus center, to be named for the late Joe Rosenfield '25, and sited at the center of campus. We are currently nearing the end of the detailed design phase. We expect construction to begin this summer and hope it will be completed by the 2006-07 academic year. Darby Gymnasium will be demolished this summer as part of the site for the Center.

III. Phase I of the New Athletic Center

Last February, the Board authorized the College to engage Cesar Pelli and Associates and Sasaki Associates to design a new athletic center. The College has completed the conceptual design of an entirely new and unified athletic center to be built north of Tenth Avenue and to replace Darby Gymnasium initially and later the Physical Education Complex.

Last August, the Board authorized construction of the first phase of this project, which includes a performance basketball/volleyball gym, an auxiliary gymnasium, a large fitness/weight facility and related locker/support spaces.

Construction of the first phase is currently underway and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2005. The Trustees have not authorized construction of the rest of the unified facility, which could be built in one or two additional phases. Construction of the remaining components, including a natatorium, a field house, additional recreation and fitness spaces, offices, and increased locker/support spaces, will not begin until significant fundraising has occurred and also in accordance with normal priority setting for College construction projects including consideration of campus disruption and other College needs.

IV. Sequencing

Last year, we engaged in a complicated process of determining where we could relocate offices and functions that will need to move primarily as a result of the construction of the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center and Phase II of the Noyce Science Center. For example, with the demolition of Darby, several offices and functions, such as the Office of Information Technology Services and KDIC, will need to move elsewhere. As a result of this process, we have begun to move the ITS staff remaining in Darby to three houses just south of 6th Avenue. This move should be completed over spring break. The staff training room is moving from Darby 202 to the Mears basement.

In addition, we recently launched the Technology Discovery Center in 1233 Park (across Eighth Avenue from Faculty House), which also houses the ITS Helpdesk and the Office of College Services. We regard these locations for ITS administration and other functions as temporary and we will need to find a permanent and consolidated location, hopefully on or near the central campus, in the next few years.

KDIC is projected to move temporarily into Younker Pit (until the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center is completed).

The Younker Memorial Resource Center is slated to be demolished this summer and the area restored to green space. The Health Center and Counseling Office will move temporarily into the lower level of the Forum, until a more permanent space is identified (which will occur before the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center is completed). The Stonewall Resource Center will temporarily move to the basement lounge on the west side of Loose Hall.

Finally, to assist us to meet our parking needs, last summer, we completed several new parking areas around campus, all consistent with the parking plans approved by the Parking Committee. The Parking Committee is currently discussing the need for additional parking areas, including locations near the new East Campus residence halls and Norris.

V. Bookstore and Library Storage

Although no final decision has been made, we are unlikely to move the bookstore from its present site and are presently considering several sites for library and other quality storage.

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Facilities Update from President Osgood - March 22, 2005

CAMPUS PLAN UPDATE

To: Grinnell College Community

From: Russell K. Osgood

Date: March 22, 2005

Re: Campus Plan Update

This is another of our comprehensive, periodic updates on the status of campus facility projects. I welcome comments or questions.

I. Phase II of the Noyce Science Center

Three and one-half years ago, the Board of Trustees authorized the College to engage Holabird & Root and Research Facilities Design (the planners and designers of Phase I) to plan and design Phase II of the Noyce Science Center. Last month, the Board authorized the College to commence the expansion and renovation of the Noyce Science Center. The project will begin this summer with the demolition of the north one-story followed by construction of a new structure on that site. The new portion should be completed in the summer of 2007 and the renovation of the 1986 wing will follow during the 2007-08 academic year.

II. Conard Environmental Research Area

The College also engaged Holabird and Root and Research Facilities Design to plan and design a new biological research station at CERA. We began construction of this facility last spring and that project is now almost completed.

III. The Joe Rosenfield '25 Center

Three years ago, the College engaged Cesar Pelli and Associates to design a new campus center, to be named for Joe Rosenfield '25 and sited at the center of campus. We are currently in the middle of construction and hope it will be completed next summer (2006.)

IV. Phase I of the New Athletic and Fitness Center

Two years ago, the Board authorized the College to engage Cesar Pelli and Associates and Sasaki Associates to design a new complex to replace Darby and the PEC. The first phase of this project, which includes Darby Gymnasium, an auxiliary gymnasium, a large fitness/weight facility and related locker/support spaces, to be called the Grinnell College Athletic and Fitness Center, is scheduled to be completed and opened this June.

The Trustees have not authorized construction of the rest of the complex, which could be built in one or two additional phases. Construction of the remaining components, including a natatorium, a field house, additional recreation and fitness spaces, offices, and increased locker/support spaces, will not begin until significant fundraising has occurred and other Board criteria for authorization are met.

V. Burling Library and Library Storage

The College has engaged Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott to develop a plan for an enhanced library, which would guide possible renovations of the first floor of Burling, primarily around the circulation and reference desks. While no other construction is anticipated on Burling at this time, the current planning effort is intended to help us begin conceptualizing our library of the future.

We are very close to completing a new high quality book storage facility on our FM site east of town. This storage facility will permit the Library to place up to 150,000 volumes in it, thus decompressing Burling and providing more space for technology and other needs.

VI. Parking

To ensure that we are better able to meet campus parking needs, we are planning several parking improvements. The parking lot south of Security will be modestly expanded to the south. A new lot for students will be constructed north of Norris Hall (and south of 10th Avenue). A temporary parking lot will be built on the site of the old tennis courts (when construction of the Athletic and Fitness Center is completed) to accommodate increased demand in that part of campus. Finally, the remaining portion of the old lot to the east of the football field will be regained after construction is completed on the Athletic and Fitness Center.

Facilities Update November 29, 2005

Facilities Update November 29, 2005

Facilities Update March 15, 2006

Facilities Update March 15, 2006

Facilities Update from President Osgood - March 15, 2007

Facilities Update from President Osgood - March 15, 2007

Facilities Update October 24, 2008

Facilities Update October 24, 2008

Current Projects

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Recently Completed Projects

Cowles Apartments

COWLES APARTMENTS - CONSTRUCTION

A consequence of the opening of the Rosenfield Campus Center is the closing of Cowles and Quad dining halls. At present, Quad will remain a venue for special dining events. Cowles Dining is being retrofitted to provide housing for about 48 students. West of the main entrance will be dorm-style housing plus a lounge. East of the main entrance will be apartment-style housing. The living rooms of the apartments will be double-height. Upstairs are bedroom lofts with a hallway looking over the living space. Two of the apartments have first floor bedrooms and handicap accessible kitchens and bathrooms.

The retrofit design was initiated by the Des Moines architectural firm of Herbert Lewis Kruse & Blunk , and completed by Neumann Design Build.

Athletic Center Phase I
Athletics Phase II

Athletics Phase II

Construction of Phase II of the Athletics and Fitness Center began in April 2008 to complete our plans for a 275,000 square foot facility. Phase I, completed in 2005, includes performance and practice gyms and a fitness facility. Phase II will provide a field house with an indoor track and four tennis courts, sports locker rooms, training room, PE faculty offices, and a natatorium with a 50-meter pool, team and community locker rooms, classrooms and meeting rooms. This project is registered with LEED and includes a 132-well geothermal field and a system for capturing rain and water condensate from machinery for irrigating the football field and flushing some of the field house toilets. We expect to conclude the project late summer 2010.

Both phases of the center were designed by Sasaki Associates and Pelli Clark Pelli. Weitz Corporation served as contractor for Phase I and Neumann Brothers is serving as contractor for Phase II.

Athletics Phase II Construction Pictures

Concept Pictures

CERA

CERA

Residence Halls

Residence Halls

Energy Center

Energy Center

Athletic Fields

Athletic Fields

Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center

Joe Rosenfield Center

Phase II of the Noyce Science Center

Noyce Science Center