Photography: Dave Burk © Hedrich Blessing 2013

Kent Campus Center
Simpson College
Indianola, Iowa

Challenge: Expand the current dining hall building to create a new campus center.

SVPA Solution: SVPA and our consulting design partner, WTW Architects, offered a design solution to expand the current dining hall building to create a new Campus Center adjacent to the city park on the edge of campus. Following several years of seeking full funding for this approach, the college and the SVPA team chose to study a different solution that would cost less while still providing the essential services desired in this type of building. A 40-year old existing student center building was decided as the logical location to start over and develop a design that enhanced that building and built two times more space. The resulting design has received unanimous acceptance by the students, the faculty, the administration and the Board of Trustees. The project is LEED® Certified.

Completion Date: December 2012

Project Size: 60,000 s.f.

Type of Delivery: Design Bid Build

Project Team:

  • Steve Gray, AIA, IIDA
  • Robert Ormsby, AIA, LEED AP
  • Seth Shannon, AIA, LEED AP
  • Kent Zarley, ASLA
  • Leslie Wilson, IIDA, LEED AP
  • WTW Architects
  • KJWW Engineering

Became an SVPA client in: 1973

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