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Uncovering a century of memories in Marston Hall

Kerry Dixon, project manager with facilities planning and management, reflects on the undertaking of renovating Marston Hall as the project is nearly complete.  As a facilities project manager at Iowa State University, I am fortunate to work on some really great jobs – new construction, building additions, major remodels and renovations of older structures. When I was assigned … Continue reading Uncovering a century of memories in Marston Hall

Engineering Dean, Sarah Rajala

How do you create a hanging sculpture that represents the field of engineering to hang in the new Marston Hall atrium?

To be honest, we need help answering this question. Our Marston renovation art committee has retained famed artist Norie Sato to create an artistic piece representative of engineering from various perspectives. This project is of special interest to me, and I thought it was important to get input from our alums, faculty, staff and friends. … Continue reading How do you create a hanging sculpture that represents the field of engineering to hang in the new Marston Hall atrium?

A peek inside Marston Hall

Interior demolition work at Marston Hall, which began in December, will continue this summer and wrap up in September. Crews are removing three to four dump truck loads of brick and tile every day, a wheel barrow at a time, as load-bearing walls are replaced with steel columns and beams.

Sarah Rajala

Gearing up for a new academic year, and reflections on last year

Summer seemed to quickly pass by as it does every year. I hope everyone was able to enjoy some relaxation and fun. Many of us in the College of Engineering spent July and August moving out of Marston Hall in preparation for the start of the major renovation project. We have relocated to different buildings … Continue reading Gearing up for a new academic year, and reflections on last year

Sarah Rajala

Marston Hall renovation: Moving forward while preserving the past

Marston Hall has served as the home of our College of Engineering for more than a century. With its majestic limestone facade and grand rotunda, Marston Hall has long symbolized the distinguished reputation of our world-class college. When I arrived at Iowa State just about one year ago, I quickly learned the history of my … Continue reading Marston Hall renovation: Moving forward while preserving the past