OPN Architects worked with the University of Iowa to create a new building to house the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Programming discussions focused on the impact of “convergence” in the media/news industry in today’s academic programs. The erosion of traditional academic sequences and the inter-disciplinary teaching of students guided the design of the new facility.
The building houses the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Department of Cinema & Comparative Literature, the Daily Iowan (a student news organization), and general assignment classrooms. Program elements include adjacent facilities for the Daily Iowan including both print and web-based newsrooms, television broadcast studio, and audio/visual editing suites. In addition, the building contains six digital production labs, digital presentation classrooms, faculty offices, a resource center, administrative offices, student services and associations, and outreach media conference area.
The new School of Journalism and Mass Communication is a three-story 85,000-square-foot building with a partial basement. The project also included an exterior plaza.
Sustainable Design Features:
- Daylighting strategies
- Occupancy sensors
- Ambient light sensors
- High-efficiency HVAC systems with heat recovery
- High-performance windows
- Increased r-values in roof and walls
- Smoke evacuation system designed as part of standard HVAC system
- Minimized site disruption by using