Iowa State University initiated a major expansion of the Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital within the University’s College of Veterinary Medicine as the second phase in a larger project. Completed in summer 2012, the small animal hospital is now comprised of more than 17,000 SF of new space and more than 88,000 SF of renovated space in the existing building. Cornerstone was selected as the CxA for Phase II, tasked with improving energy efficiency of overall building services.
Cornerstone had significant design phase decision-making involvement with regard to energy efficiency, systems selection and establishing control sequences. Leveraging the firm’s expertise with animal labs, Cornerstone created a work plan and sequence that allowed for the hospital to remain functional, but also took into account the various types of energy that each newly built treatment and research area required so appropriate energy levels for each space were achieved while ensuring overall building efficiency.