UNI is requesting a total of $38 million over three years ($2.2 million in FY 20, $14.0 million in FY 21 and $21.8 million in FY 2012), from the state’s Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund, to renovate and expand the Industrial Technology Center (ITC).
The University of Northern Iowa must improve the Industrial Technology Center in order to keep up with industry’s increasingly sophisticated workforce needs. Built in 1974 to educate shop teachers, the facility lacks the space now needed for training classrooms and laboratories in which UNI students can work collaboratively on real-world projects with industry-standard equipment. With more than $10.1 million in deferred maintenance, the building systems are beyond their useful life and cannot support the department’s technology-heavy requirements.
The proposed three-year renovation/expansion project will modernize the 44-year-old building’s current spaces and systems and expand the facility by 47,829 GSF. The updated 100,071 GSF Industrial Technology Center will serve today’s needs and ensure UNI’s Department of Technology can prepare Iowa’s industry leaders for tomorrow.
With a modernized Industrial Technology Center, UNI will:
- Expand applied student learning, research and collaboration opportunities
- Support the delivery of state-of-the-art curriculum in technology-enhanced labs that meet industry standards
- Strengthen partnerships with industry associations such as Master Builders of Iowa, Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa, Associated General Contractors of Iowa, IEEE, Foundry Educational Foundation, and Society of Manufacturing Engineers
- Serve the workforce needs of Iowa’s growing economic sectors and better prepare K-12 educators to teach STEM and career and technical disciplines
- Increase economic development in high-need Iowa industries through nationally-recognized programs such as the Metal Casting and Additive Manufacturing Centers