ZGF, in association with OPN Architects, programmed and designed the two-phased 244,300 SF Biorenewables Complex showcasing the State of Iowa’s and Iowa State University’s shared commitment to cutting-edge sustainable energy and materials research. The complex integrates research and teaching laboratories, classrooms, offices, meeting and support space connected by a central atrium to optimize collaboration and cross-fertilization of ideas in a single transparent, daylit facility. Phase 1 houses the 74,300 SF Biorenewables Research Laboratory (BRL) which includes research laboratories and a high bay. Phase 2 includes Elings Hall, a 70,000 SF office and classroom wing, and Sukup Hall, a 100,000 SF research and teaching wing for ISU’s top-ranked Department of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering (ABE). Located on the last open site on the west edge of central campus, the complex creates a hub for student, faculty, and visitor activity, while establishing front door for the campus’ high profile program. The complex is LEED Gold® and became the catalyst for a campus-wide systemic change to how ISU manages design, construction, and operations of their facilities.