The University of Northern Iowa will be investing $4.9 million into improvements for the Innovative Teaching and Technology Center (ITTC) following approval today from the Iowa Board of Regents. 

The funds will be used to repair and strengthen the ITTC’s roof, helping ensure the century-old building remains a campus resource for decades to come. UNI has a long history of building preservation and has spent tens of millions of dollars over the past two decades refurbishing facilities such as Lang Hall, Sabin Hall and Bartlett Hall. 

Formerly known as the Women’s Gym or East Gym, the 104,000-square-foot building has served over the years as a library, classroom space, dance floor and even wartime barracks. It now holds digital design space, the departments of geography and computer science, university IT offices and laboratory space for anthropology. 

The ITTC has been extensively renovated, work that was completed in 2006. Nearly 13,000 square feet of space was added, in part by adding a floor over the former pool. 

“One of our greatest assets are the stunning facilities that we’ve worked hard to bring into the 21st century,” said Michael Hager, UNI’s senior vice president for finance and operations. “We’re pleased to be able to extend the life of this beautiful 118-year-old building, which is widely used by many across our campus.”

The university has more than 90 buildings comprising over 4.7 million square feet of space on its 810-acre campus. 

Contact:

Steve Schmadeke, UNI public relations manager, 319-273-6120, steve.schmadeke@uni.edu