Higher Education

Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Ames, IA

ISU collaborated with INVISION on master planning for ISU’s College of Veterinary Medicine to focus on critical new additions and renovations. The planning efforts resulted in a major re-visioning for the veterinary campus, including new animal hospitals, supplemental services buildings, and a future veterinary diagnostic laboratory. The first phase was the new Lloyd Medical Center Large Animal Hospital which was completed in 2008. The second phase, completed in 2012, was an extensive renovation of the college’s animal holding areas into the state-of-the-art Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital. 

INVISION’s designs not only accommodated new program space and updated the building systems; patient experience in the facility was also given high priority. Detailed reviews of the patient flow resulted in reorganized processes in both projects, improving wayfinding and elevating staff and patient security. These buildings serve as teaching hospitals for the college’s veterinary students, so with both phases the college also sought to improve teaching environments.

Additional supplementary projects were also completed to achieve the goals for the planning effort. With the project’s expansion and improvements to existing building services and incorporation of durable finishes, annual operational costs decreased across the Veterinary Medicine campus. The Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital attained LEED Gold certification.

Brett Van Zee
Director, Architect

Both phases improved patient welfare and enhanced the learning environment by offering increased room size, access to natural light, improved air quality through more efficient ventilation and the incorporation of emerging technologies available to both faculty and students. Already existing services were expanded and updated with more durable finishes that decrease annual operational costs across the campus.