Town Engineering Renovation
and Expansion

artist rendering of the exterior of theTown Engineering building expansion

The ideal facility for the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) must reflect its collaborative, student-centered nature and meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s learning environment.

The Town Engineering Building project focuses on the student experience whether they are a prospective student or an existing student. The project greatly expands informal spaces for students, staff and faculty, creates breakout spaces for teams and study sessions to occur, adds three team-based classrooms and 1 team-based environmental laboratory, and brings our advising center to the first floor. The first floor advising center makes it easily accessible for all students and creates a department presence on the first floor. The project also provides an open computing space for all students. The project will enable a grand entrance into the building that brings light into all parts of the project as well into the existing building on the first and second floors.

The project will expand the department’s footprint from approximately 110,500 to 128,000 gross square feet – combining the construction of a two-story, 17,500 gross square feet addition on the South side of the building with the renovation of existing areas. The proposed project consists of approximately 24,000 gross square feet between the addition and renovated areas. The project impacts students (engineering and non-engineering) across campus with university classrooms on the second floor of Town Engineering.

We need your help
to make this generational opportunity happen.

With the help of people like you, we are working to raise
$33 million for this generational change to our program. Together, we will make this renovation and expansion a reality. 

If you would like to know more or learn how your company can participate, please contact Carrie Sutherland at

2025-05-03-Town Engineering brochure

Project brochure

Renovation and expansion initiatives

Create flexible spaces

Create instructional spaces that are right-sized, flexible and facilitate project learning as well as remote learning

Develop modern laboratories

Develop modern and flexible research laboratories and support spaces that impact how work is done today and tomorrow

Provide inspiration

Provide innovative facilities that inspire, recruit and retain outstanding and diverse students, faculty and staff

Increase collaboration

Increase and improve collaboration spaces for students and faculty

David Sanders

Our goal is to improve and expand facilities to support the department’s current and long-range teaching and research to meet the societal challenges of today and tomorrow.

David Sanders, Greenwood Department Chair and Professor, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering Lab (Artist Rendering Not for Construction)

Environmental Engineering Lab (Artist Rendering Not for Construction)

New Town Engineering Building lobby (Artist Rendering Not for Construction)

New Town Engineering Building lobby (Artist Rendering Not for Construction)

  • 90%

    placement rate for civil engineers at graduation

  • 97%

    placement rate for construction engineers at graduation

  • 100%

    placement rate for environmental engineers at graduation

Reliable bridges. Safer roads. Clean drinking water. Intelligent Infrastructure.

Iowa State is renowned for excellence in engineering, and the College of Engineering consistently ranks in the top 25 programs at public universities; within the college, the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering contributes to this high standing.

Every aspect of the the Iowa State University Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering promises a better quality of life for Iowa, our nation and our world. The department takes pride in promoting a real-world undergraduate and graduate education that results in a high placement rate for students. With an educational model focused on hands-on, group learning during each year of the program, students experience a real-world work environment that prepares them to compete and lead when they enter industry.

  • $15 million

    research funding