The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) wanted a building that would provide a “wow” factor and a lasting impression for potential students and visitors, while also being highly-functional and flexible for admissions staff. The project implemented sustainable approaches to meet both programmatic and budgetary needs. Accessibility was also addressed at the entry and throughout the building to provide a barrier–free experience.
Set in the heart of campus, this former facilities building was the ideal location for telling the story of life at UNI. The 1932 brick structure was modernized with feature walls and ceilings to create presentation and gallery spaces and the two-story volume is filled with daylight from 12´ windows. Branding graphics, technology walls, and artwork all enhance the overall environment.
Finishes intersperse school colors with contemporary materials. Built-in café amenities, with a variety of seating options, play into the hospitable and personal connection that recruits students to the University. INVISION collaborated with UNI to design a welcoming, daylit space that provides a dynamic and memorable experience, bridging visitors’ interest from young generations to seasoned alumni.