The 2020 ACEC/Iowa Engineering Excellence Awards winning projects in the Buildings and Systems Category: 

Buildings and Systems Grand Place Award (1st Place in Category) 

Firm: HGM Associates, Inc.
Client/Owner: Iowa Western Community College
Project: IWCC Football Wrestling Facility
Contact: Mr. Ron Tekippe
E-mail:  [email protected]~ Phone: 712-323-0530 

HGM worked with Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa to develop and design a new Football and Wrestling Athletic Performance building for their campus. The intended goals for the facility were to:

  • Enhance the coaching and learning experience for both sports
  • Reduce the stress that both sports have on the existing facilities.
  • Improved efficiency and effectiveness of the campus’s existing facilities by re-allocating and updating the space the personnel had previously been utilizing.
  • Serve as a Showpiece facility to enhance the overall look of the campus as well as improve the recruiting of student athletes. 

The construction and operation of this facility for the Football and Wrestling teams consequently improved the experience for the other sports (Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s basketball, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Track & Field, Women’s softball, men’s baseball, etc.) on campus by reducing the stress that these two sports put on the existing facilities and increasing the overall capacity of the campus. 

The building greatly improves the facilitation and interaction of the coaches and the student athletes. They were previously located in multiple locations around the campus and are now within one building. We also included technology updates to enhance the experience and quickly and easily improve the performance and development of student athletes. 

After a space needs analysis, HGM designed an $8.7 million facility that is a show piece for the community college campus. And the entire facility is integrated into the campus HVAC energy efficiency control system and campus security system, enabling it to be an integral part of the community college campus.


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