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University of Northern Iowa Admissions
Cedar Falls, IA

UNI wanted a building that would provide a wow factor and lasting impressions for potential students and visitors while being high-functioning and flexible for admissions staff. INVISION designed a two-story, welcoming, daylit space that provided a dynamic and memorable admissions experience that bridges the interest of young generations to seasoned alumni.

Visitors per Year
6000+
Café Amenities
Built-in
Tours per Year
600
Project Architect
Maggie Watkins

Set in the heart of campus, this former facilities building was the ideal location for telling the story of life at the University of Northern Iowa. The design team worked with University staff to craft a dynamic and memorable admissions experience for prospective students and campus visitors.

A gentle sloping walk with cast stone benches along the main promenade leads to a new entry harmonizing with the existing campus architecture. The 1932 brick structure is modernized with feature walls and ceilings to create Presentation and Gallery spaces exciting visitors to all that UNI has to offer. The 2-story volume is filled with daylight from 12’ windows amongst branding graphics to enhance the overall environment. The design allows for technology walls and artwork that bond the interest of every generation to come. Finishes will tastefully intersperse school colors with contemporary materials. The Presentation Room will host tiered auditorium seating for an impressive and sophisticated presence. A mixture of flooring and lighting partitions the Gallery into different pockets of activity. Built-in café amenities along with a variety of seating options plays into the hospital and personal connection that recruits students to the University.

Team members: Maggie Dougherty, Angie Nees, Nathan Kurtz, Kerry Weig, Brad Leeper

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