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  Rowenhorst Student Center, 
Northwestern College


Cannon Moss Brygger & Associates
401 Douglas Street, #500, Sioux City, IA 51101

General Description

Location: Orange City, Iowa
Date Bid: June 2006 Construction Period: July 2006 to Sep 2007
Total Square Feet: 39,285 Site: 2.7 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 39,285; total, 39,285 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 17’ to 27’; total, 27’. 
Basic Construction Type: Renovation/Modernization.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, aluminum composite metal panels. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall, brick.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Performance Engineering, Inc. - 12700 W. Dodge Road, Omaha, NE 68154
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Hoogendoorn Construction, Inc. - 47895 U.S. Highway 18, Canton, SD 57013
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: EDA, Inc. - 385 12th Street, N.E., Sioux City, IA 51250

Rowenhorst Student Center, Northwestern College

Northwestern College’s Rowenhorst Student Center began life as a factory. In the late 1970’s it was converted to a student center. It had unique, high quality materials and was widely utilized.

In the 21st century where video games have more appeal than pool tables, where the student center big screen is replaced by plasma screens and personal computers, the building became highly underutilized. The low ceilings, circuitous paths, and dark colors exasperated a largely vacant and lifeless building. Even the facade was so anonymous, that most drove by not knowing the building existed. 

CMBA’s solution started by creating a vibrant colorful facade with a clear entry statement. The facade was designed to include materials and colors common to some of the colleges other quality buildings.

Inside, the entire square footage was entirely re-constructed. A simple, straight, clerestory lit spine was cut through the roof and the core of the building. All spaces inside were reorganized and new functions, which generated more student traffic, were integrated. The building has become the antithesis of its former self. Once low, dark, circuitous, and lifeless, it is now voluminous, filled with light and student activity.


DIV. 7: Metal Panels: Una-Clad/Firestone Metal Products; Membrane: Versico. 
DIV. 8: Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer; Wood Doors: 
VT Industries; Steel Doors: Steelcraft; Hardware: Ingersoll Rand. 
DIV. 9: Floorings: Mannington, Shaw Contract, Lee’s Commercial. 
DIV. 16: Lighting: Lithonia, Tech, Cooper, Focal Point. 

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