Building on a Legacy of Excellence

Every day, our students, faculty, staff and alumni move the human spirit forward. The LeBaron/MacKay Complex project will support every aspect of our college’s mission and ensure state-of-the-art, accessible space will continue to build on our rich history and legacy of excellence.

Replacing LeBaron Hall

LeBaron Hall is over 60 years old and has realized its lifespan. Our current programs need better, high-quality space and LeBaron lacks the ability to be updated with modern technology. As an example, the floor-to-ceiling heights will not accommodate needed wiring for classroom technology, ductwork for a modern HVAC system, or necessary upgrades for accessibility.

After an extensive study, LeBaron is being replaced with a new building that will support interdisciplinary programs, provide state-of-the-art technology, add modern labs and expand teaching space that will enable the departments within the space to recruit and retain today’s top students, faculty and staff.

Updating MacKay Hall

With the original building opening in 1911, MacKay is an iconic building on Iowa State’s central campus that is architecturally sound and merits revitalization. The space vacated by programs moving to the new LeBaron Hall will be reimagined to support the work of various programs throughout the college. The project also includes updating underutilized space.

The LeBaron/MacKay Complex

LeBaron and MacKay will be an integrated complex connected by an updated circulation corridor. A new atrium will be added to the south side of LeBaron visually opening up the entire complex and anchoring the College of Human Sciences in the heart of central campus. This is a two-phase project.