The Pomerantz Center
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

Challenge: In a new building on a preselected site, provide for the diverse needs of multiple user groups; include general assignment classrooms and a 400-seat auditorium within the building's footprint; build according to established university standards and criteria, which strictly limit the building's height, width, square footage, materials, etc.

SVPA Solution: Building design responded to the individual needs of the various user groups-Career Counseling and Placement Services, Academic Advising Center, Admissions Visitor's Center, Executive MBA Program, MBA Career Services and Alumni Career Information Network. The five-story building employs special lighting techniques to channel natural light into office spaces not having direct window views. The auditorium was placed in the building's lower level with strategic access to the heavily trafficked T. Anne Cleary pedestrian walkway. Sunshades, energy-efficient glass systems and the building envelope create a building that is up to 50 percent more energy efficient than required by the Energy Code.

Sustainable Design Techniques:

  • Sunshades
  • Energy-efficient glass

Completion Date: 2005

Project Size: 70,000 s.f.

Type of Delivery: Design Bid Build

Project Team:

  • Scott Hatfield, AIA, IIDA
  • Domagoj Tiric
  • Brian Clark & Associates
  • KJWW Engineering Consultants
  • Charles Saul Engineering
  • Coffeen Fricke & Associates

Became an SVPA client in: 2000

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