UNI is requesting a total of $36.2 million over three years ($2.1 million in FY 19, $13.3 million in FY 20 and $20.8 million in FY 21), from the state’s Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund, to renovate the 64,438 square foot Industrial Technology Center (ITC) and expand the center by an additional $45,000 square feet.
Originally built in 1974, the building is in need of improvements to provide adequate spaces for teaching and learning that support the education of future
Iowa industry leaders and teachers to teach STEM and CTE disciplines in the 21st century environment.
The ITC houses UNI’s Department of Technology, whose programs include construction management, electrical engineering technology, graphic technologies, manufacturing engineering technology, bachelor of applied science in technology, technology and engineering education, technology management, a masters of science in technology and a doctorate of industrial technology.
- UNI's Department of Technology educates Iowa's workforce in industrial and construction fields and supports the Iowa Department of Education’s CTE program by preparing the teachers who teach middle and high school students in CTE careers.
- The graduates from the Department of Technology fill an important workforce gap between community college trade schools and engineering schools.
- Industrial technology requirements have greatly changed since 1974 when the building opened for educating shop teachers.
- The renovation and expansion will provide the needed space for training classrooms, student interaction and the technology-heavy laboratories (including a functioning foundry) to meet the growing demands and changes of the industry standards.
- The Department of Technology will continue to partner with businesses and communities as a sought-after resource for real-world research by expanding on the success of UNI's top-rated metal casting program and Metal Casting and Additive Manufacturing Center.
- The mechanical and electrical systems in the building have surpassed their useful life and are in need of replacement. The building has over $9.4 million in deferred maintenance.