Kirkwood Regional Center - University of Iowa
Kirkwood Regional Centers are the result of an innovative partnership between Kirkwood Community College and area school districts. Designed by OPN Architect of Cedar Rapids, the Centers offer highly technical, state-of-the-art labs and career academies providing high school students with access to hands-on technical programs, arts, and science classes.
The Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa will be the first of its kind in the nation to combine the strengths of a research university with those of a community college and local industry partners. The façade incorporates Terra5 terracotta rainscreen panels in a running bond pattern in two gray colors. The building was designed around sustainable principles and features a large photovoltaic array, which reduces the building’s energy consumption by 25%.
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