Iowa State Memorial Union

Floors 4-6 Renovation

The top three floors of the Memorial Union have been the setting of some of the MU's most cherished stories. For many of their years, they served as Iowa State's only on-campus hotel, hosting many parents, Cyclone fans, wedding parties, and alumni, often becoming part of a family's Iowa State traditions. But the rooms have also met the changing needs of Iowa State students in some unique ways as well. In the late 1930s, 80 students lived in the hotel rooms while additional residential space was being built on campus. This happened again in 2016 following the closing of Hotel Memorial Union - students lived in the rooms until 2018, when Geoffroy Hall opened across the street. After that, the rooms were used as overflow office space for campus departments whose buildings were undergoing renovations of their own.

Today, as student needs have shifted once more, floors 4-6 are being renovated both to address critical capital renewal needs and to repurpose the floors as office space to house several student service departments on campus. These offices, which provide critical services and resources directly to Iowa State students, will be able to do so in a space that is updated and comfortable - and that will take advantage of the beautiful views of the Iowa State campus and the Ames community!

Learn more about this project and its history in this Inside Iowa State article published in December 2020.

Future Residents of MU Floors 4-6

The Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success
International Students & Scholars Office
Iowa State Lectures Program
Iowa State Veterans Center
Student Legal Services

Proposed Features
  • Modern, comfortable office spaces and conference rooms

  • Student lounge space

  • Student computer access

  • Beautiful views of central campus & the campanile

  • All-gender restrooms on each floor

  • Project Bid Awarded: November 2020
  • Project Start Date: January 4, 2021
  • Demolition Phase: January 2021 – May 2021
  • Construction Phase: June 2021 – February 2022
  • Occupying Space: May 2022

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