Ribbon Cutting Officially Opens New Construction Technology Facility
Iowa Lakes Community College officially unveiled its new Construction Technology facility at the Emmetsburg campus on Friday, Nov. 18, during an open house and ribbon cutting. The nearly 11,000 square foot building includes classrooms and a shop area. It is an example of curriculum applications and a model for energy efficiency.
Iowa Lakes Trustee Vice President Pat Kibbie, Emmetsburg, thanked those who attended and spoke about the value of the building to the future educational needs in the region.
College President Valerie Newhouse highlighted the facility design stating that “with all the current energy efficient standards in placestudent learning can actually take place using the facility as a best practices model.”
“We anticipate this will be a showcase of excellence in teaching and learning for our students enrolled in the program and for prospective students as they look to careers following high school, as well as for our more mature students entering or retraining in the construction technology field,” Newhouse said.
She also complimented the instructors of the classes: Associate Professor Gary Schmidt and Instructor Corey Menning.
Tom Brotherton, Executive Dean of the Emmetsburg campus, spoke to the energy efficiency of the facility.
“We are very pleased to have the Construction Technology program in a facility that features energy efficient building methods, materials, and operational practices,” Brotherton said.
The facility was designed based on the needs of the Construction Technology curriculum and suggestions from the program’s advisory board. It features two interactive classrooms, a lab for students to experience hands-on installation of cabinetry, as well as finishing skills, a large laboratory space for pre-construction work (which doubles as an indoor facility for equipment and vehicles), and office space for instructors.
The facility was built to the specifications of ‘green’ buildings with high efficiency insulation, geothermal heating, and cooling. Some student assistance was provided in the completion of the facility.
“About two-thirds of the costs were funded through the state’s Accelerated Career Education (or ACE) program with the remaining third coming from the college’s plant fund,” said Newhouse. “It was equipped in large part by a United States Department of Energy grant, which allowed for some of the wonderful technology you see in the building.”
Also featured at the ceremony were instructor Corey Menning, graduate Ryan Brandenburg, Facilities Management Executive Director Delaine Hiney, and Henningsen Construction representative John Engstler.
The Construction Technology building is located on the southwest portion of the Emmetsburg campus near the west housing/dorms.